Economy
Spending for County Government

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Spending for County Government

What does this measure?

The annual per-capita spending for county government, adjusted for inflation.

Why is this important?

Government provides critical services to communities, but the cost to taxpayers can be burdensome and can hinder efforts to attract and retain business.

How is the region performing?

Per-capita spending by county governments in the Mid-Hudson Valley was $2,121 in 2020, compared to the statewide (excluding NYC) figure of $2,360. Per-capita county government spending in the region increased 11% from 2000 to 2020.

Sullivan had the highest per-capita spending among the counties in the region in 2020, at $2,947, followed by Greene at $2,893 and Columbia at $2,463. Greene County had the largest percentage increase in per-capita spending from 2000 to 2020, at 53%, followed by Dutchess at 20%. On the other hand, Ulster and Sullivan counties decreased spending by 6% and 7% respectively.

Notes about the data

Data are presented in constant 2020 dollars. Data for this indicator are expected to be released in the fourth quarter.

Spending for County Government
200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
Region$1,904$1,966$1,964$2,071$2,050$2,072$2,037$2,210$2,190$2,223$2,239$2,217$2,212$2,204$2,109$2,159$2,216$2,224$2,219$2,234$2,121
Columbia County$2,119$1,933$2,062$2,192$2,191$2,372$2,121$2,425$2,429$2,426$2,623$2,654$2,630$2,801$2,692$2,726$2,790$2,452$2,453$2,602$2,463
Dutchess County$1,560$1,584$1,630$1,668$1,660$1,761$1,691$1,834$1,841$1,786$1,831$1,748$1,752$1,710$1,678$1,728$1,801$1,791$1,886$1,955$1,873
Greene County$1,893$2,083$2,218$2,392$2,135$2,094$2,237$2,223$2,316$2,492$2,231$2,718$2,414$2,504$2,237$2,256$2,210$2,312$2,298$2,509$2,893
Orange County$1,948$1,954$1,983$1,994$2,043$2,053$2,048$2,477$2,370$2,441$2,472$2,456$2,434$2,549$2,344$2,420$2,433$2,458$2,389$2,363$2,229
Putnam County$1,573$1,364$1,551$1,928$1,710$1,741$1,817$1,708$1,629$1,747$1,653$1,603$1,699$1,585$1,650$1,632$1,679$1,664$1,652$1,672$1,729
Sullivan County$3,159$3,253$3,094$3,214$3,191$3,092$2,981$3,031$2,962$3,041$3,164$2,967$3,045$2,880$3,041$3,068$3,422$3,858$3,635$3,418$2,947
Ulster County$1,946$2,370$2,117$2,348$2,325$2,254$2,211$2,125$2,253$2,257$2,226$2,229$2,235$2,063$1,952$2,013$2,036$1,960$2,020$2,032$1,820
NYS (excluding NYC)$2,152$2,225$2,225$2,248$2,298$2,277$2,299$2,436$2,483$2,492$2,467$2,410$2,390$2,353$2,357$2,379$2,394$2,377$2,363$2,381$2,360

Source: New York State Office of the State Comptroller
Notes: Figures are in constant 2020 dollars.




Total County Government Spending
200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
Region2,056,338,2242,148,439,0952,170,167,4442,312,888,2362,307,402,3072,342,727,3292,310,035,3242,513,079,3332,495,907,1312,537,049,5182,557,493,8252,533,737,9182,520,799,8822,508,287,7082,394,241,2112,445,549,5582,508,182,2172,520,841,4462,520,482,6112,540,850,8592,470,516,652
Columbia County133,675,582121,687,988130,295,394138,757,472139,419,324151,135,429134,539,623153,838,521153,649,716152,918,072165,445,839165,965,314164,231,289174,120,533166,729,185167,462,006169,707,150147,940,825146,682,317154,704,577151,677,222
Dutchess County436,731,632451,012,425468,852,484484,891,616486,065,906518,451,487498,272,548541,615,839545,307,916530,311,138544,537,870521,003,030520,503,716506,751,527495,258,927508,196,862527,717,056525,839,041554,328,058575,188,622554,167,745
Greene County90,908,44699,916,332106,844,945115,805,691104,067,836102,902,847110,768,610110,142,096114,560,672123,036,857109,775,483132,805,587117,303,123120,963,852107,310,751107,411,486104,978,018109,691,422108,860,043118,394,438138,677,922
Orange County665,165,779679,449,932700,057,234715,307,415741,508,956748,348,598751,443,322912,820,950877,207,895908,403,354921,453,841918,702,368909,469,871954,221,214878,748,377909,370,628919,067,050933,446,078912,751,014909,531,830894,446,993
Putnam County150,580,095132,354,224152,408,508190,840,563170,102,230173,377,433180,516,340169,860,707162,149,683174,104,518164,723,575160,066,688169,241,848157,848,650164,078,666161,846,321165,772,022164,527,830163,288,848164,436,834168,888,598
Sullivan County233,424,731241,171,106230,357,129242,477,811243,374,242237,378,244230,198,920236,352,402230,284,695236,134,528245,235,959228,600,500234,269,903221,590,447229,977,982229,597,695256,383,360289,308,700274,110,394257,832,242231,705,632
Ulster County345,851,959422,847,088381,351,750424,807,669422,863,814411,133,290404,295,961388,448,819412,746,554412,141,051406,321,260406,594,430405,780,133372,791,485352,137,323361,664,560364,557,562350,087,549360,461,936360,762,315330,952,540
NYS (excluding NYC)23,605,834,82724,522,446,63724,621,169,63024,967,713,34225,575,477,00825,321,412,44425,548,363,68027,084,739,36327,671,257,02327,854,084,49127,639,759,72827,056,546,36826,826,272,19426,416,278,43926,435,873,44826,619,836,83026,725,247,46026,507,769,18926,319,876,57426,467,572,35126,895,460,166

Source: New York State Office of the State Comptroller
Notes: Figures are in constant 2020 dollars.




INDICATORS TREND | STATE
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Rate of Child Abuse and Neglect Decreasing
Rate of Foster Care Admissions Decreasing
Teen Pregnancy Decreasing
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Juvenile Delinquency Intakes Decreasing
Bullying at School Decreasing
Average Charitable Giving Increasing
Voter Registration Rate Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Total Population Increasing
Population by Age Not Applicable
Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Household Types Not Applicable
Change in Total Jobs Decreasing
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Employment by Sector Not Applicable
Spending for County Government Increasing
Tourism Revenue Decreasing
Preschoolers Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Decreasing
Per-Student Spending Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 4 English, by Student Group Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 4 English, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 4 Math, by Student Group Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 4 Math, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
High School Cohort Dropout Rate Decreasing
High School GED Rate Maintaining
Plans of High School Graduates Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income Maintaining
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Seniors Living in Poverty Maintaining
Children Receiving Subsidized Child Care Maintaining
Veterans Living in Poverty Decreasing
Economically Disadvantaged Students Increasing
Earned Income Tax Credit Participation Decreasing
Living Wage Rate by Household Type Not Applicable
Income in Relation to Poverty Level Not Applicable
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Early Prenatal Care, by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Domestic Violence Decreasing
Deaths from Drug Overdoses Increasing
Babies with Low Birth Weights Maintaining
People Living wth HIV Increasing
Mental Health Clinic Visits Decreasing
Homeownership Rates Maintaining
Homeless Persons Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Renters Not Applicable
Violent Crimes Decreasing


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