Income/capita 34%
Household income 43%
Unemployment 73%
IndexRochesterNew YorkNational
Income per capita$19,830$34,212$29,829
Median household income$31,684$60,741$55,322
Median income owner occupied$52,896$83,277$70,586
Median income renter occupied$21,976$38,983$35,192
Median earnings male$25,675$40,464$36,919
Median earnings female$22,522$30,906$26,250
Unemployment rate8.1%4.8%4.7%
Poverty level32.8%15.5%15.1%

Key findings

  • The income per capita in Rochester is 34% lower than the national average
  • The median household income in Rochester is 43% lower than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in Rochester is 73% higher than the national average
  • The poverty level in Rochester is 117% higher than the national average

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      Rochester employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry5.6%0.7%
      Manufacturing sector13.4%0.2%
      Financial & insurance services2.0%1.9%
      Wholesale & retail services14.7%12.7%
      Public administration3.2%2.4%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities5.4%1.8%
      Education, health & social services21.9%46.5%

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      City, StatePopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Pittsford, NY1,573$89,31861%
      Victor, NY2,767$79,10043%
      Fairport, NY5,372$69,63226%
      Spencerport, NY3,618$69,61226%
      Brighton, NY36,875$67,00221%
      Rochester, NY210,291$31,68443%

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      Birmingham, AL212,424$32,40441%
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      Rochester, NY210,291$31,68443%
      Source: The Rochester, NY employment data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).