Financial Stability
Elderly Living in Poverty

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Elderly Living in Poverty

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What does this measure?

The estimated proportion of residents 65 and older with incomes below the poverty line. In 2019, the threshold for a person 65 or older was $12,261.

Why is this important?

The percentage of seniors living in poverty is a measure of the overall economic health of the older population, and it can indicate the level of need for social and government supports among this population.

How is the region performing?

In 2015-19, 8% of seniors in the Mid-Hudson Valley had incomes below the poverty line, on par with the statewide (excluding NYC) rate and below the national rate of 9%.

Populations of seniors in poverty were too small in some counties and most municipalities to report reliable data. Of those with reliable data, Dutchess and Orange had one of the lower senior poverty rates, at 7%, while Sullivan and Ulster had the highest, at 10% and 9%, respectively. Rates in these counties changed little since 2000.

Notes about the data

The multiyear figures are from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The bureau combined five years of responses to the survey to provide estimates for smaller geographic areas and increase the precision of its estimates. However, because the information came from a survey, the samples responding to the survey were not always large enough to produce reliable results, especially in small geographic areas. CGR has noted on data tables the estimates with relatively large margins of error. Estimates with three asterisks have the largest margins, plus or minus 50% or more of the estimate. Two asterisks mean plus or minus 35%-50%, and one asterisk means plus or minus 20%-35%. For all estimates, the confidence level is 90%, meaning there is 90% probability the true value (if the whole population were surveyed) would be within the margin of error (or confidence interval).

The survey provides data on characteristics of the population that used to be collected only during the decennial census. Poverty status is not reported for people in institutions, including college dormitories and military barracks, and people in living situations without conventional housing. Data for this indicator are expected to be released in the fourth quarter.

Elderly Living in Poverty
20002010-142015-19
Region8%7%8%
Columbia County7%6%*8%
Dutchess County6%5%7%
Greene County10%9%*10%*
Orange County8%7%7%
Putnam County7%5%*4%*
Sullivan County11%9%10%
Ulster County9%8%9%
NYS (excluding NYC)7%7%7%
U.S.10%9%9%
Columbia Cities
Hudson14%21%***21%**
Columbia Towns
Ancram12%11%**3%***
Austerlitz1%10%***9%***
Canaan5%7%***6%***
Chatham5%2%***4%***
Claverack7%7%***7%***
Clermont8%8%***9%***
Copake4%10%***10%***
Gallatin10%3%***10%***
Germantown6%0%***6%***
Ghent9%5%***2%***
Greenport5%8%***10%***
Hillsdale5%1%***3%***
Kinderhook4%4%***12%***
Livingston5%2%***8%***
New Lebanon5%0%***4%***
Stockport7%0%***5%***
Stuyvesant6%3%***11%***
Taghkanic3%1%***10%***
Columbia Villages
Chatham11%12%***9%***
Kinderhook3%1%***5%***
Philmont6%15%***6%***
Valatie16%15%***11%***
Dutchess Cities
Beacon6%6%***7%***
Poughkeepsie14%12%*11%*
Dutchess Towns
Amenia13%18%***4%***
Beekman5%3%***5%***
Clinton4%9%***2%***
Dover7%2%***8%***
East Fishkill4%2%***4%**
Fishkill8%6%**9%**
Hyde Park6%4%**7%**
La Grange2%2%***2%***
Milan6%2%***4%***
North East11%8%***9%***
Pawling4%5%***9%***
Pine Plains2%4%***2%***
Pleasant Valley6%1%***8%**
Poughkeepsie5%6%*6%*
Red Hook5%5%***11%**
Rhinebeck6%5%***9%**
Stanford8%1%***8%***
Union Vale0%1%***7%***
Wappinger5%5%***5%**
Washington6%6%***6%***
Dutchess Villages
Fishkill9%20%***15%***
Millbrook4%8%***4%***
Millerton12%8%***6%***
Pawling10%7%***5%***
Red Hook2%7%***9%***
Rhinebeck6%7%***9%***
Tivoli4%5%***12%***
Wappingers Falls14%15%***8%***
Greene Towns
Ashland9%10%***10%***
Athens9%9%***14%***
Cairo11%11%***6%***
Catskill10%5%***14%***
Coxsackie16%5%***8%***
Durham7%6%***4%***
Greenville6%14%***4%***
Halcott11%3%***7%***
Hunter17%19%***15%***
Jewett7%3%***14%***
Lexington14%8%***5%***
New Baltimore11%9%***10%***
Prattsville7%11%***5%***
Windham8%6%***7%***
Greene Villages
Athens12%12%***9%***
Catskill10%6%***11%***
Coxsackie18%5%***9%***
Hunter11%20%***17%***
Tannersville10%9%***0%***
Orange Cities
Middletown10%8%**11%**
Newburgh16%27%*12%**
Port Jervis10%16%**7%***
Orange Towns
Blooming Grove8%2%***9%**
Chester4%2%***6%***
Cornwall3%2%***4%***
Crawford7%7%***11%***
Deerpark6%8%***17%**
Goshen9%8%***5%***
Greenville6%3%***8%***
Hamptonburgh3%2%***10%***
Highlands3%1%***9%***
Minisink4%10%***1%***
Monroe11%7%**2%***
Montgomery10%11%**9%**
Mount Hope3%6%***6%***
New Windsor7%5%***9%**
Newburgh6%4%**5%**
Tuxedo3%1%***5%***
Wallkill9%7%**7%**
Warwick7%5%**5%**
Wawayanda4%5%***5%***
Woodbury2%2%***8%***
Orange Villages
Chester8%6%***6%***
Cornwall-on-Hudson4%0%***3%***
Florida3%1%***2%***
Goshen7%5%***5%***
Greenwood Lake8%0%***0%***
Harriman6%5%***4%***
Highland Falls4%2%***6%***
Kiryas Joel50%29%***12%***
Maybrook11%9%***20%***
Monroe5%3%***4%***
Montgomery16%8%***2%***
Otisville1%7%***13%***
South Blooming Grove2%***13%***
Tuxedo Park0%0%***6%***
Unionville0%18%***5%***
Walden8%15%***9%***
Warwick11%6%***5%***
Washingtonville12%2%***14%***
Woodbury2%***8%***
Putnam Towns
Carmel6%3%***3%***
Kent8%2%***3%***
Patterson11%10%***5%***
Philipstown14%7%***6%**
Putnam Valley2%5%***11%***
Southeast4%5%***2%***
Putnam Villages
Brewster12%7%***5%***
Cold Spring11%5%***4%***
Nelsonville3%3%***10%***
Sullivan Towns
Bethel10%11%***6%***
Callicoon6%0%***8%***
Cochecton9%3%***9%***
Delaware6%6%***7%***
Fallsburg14%15%**15%**
Forestburgh7%0%***4%***
Fremont16%13%***6%***
Highland3%13%***2%***
Liberty11%11%**17%**
Lumberland10%7%***6%***
Mamakating9%9%***10%**
Neversink14%8%***1%***
Rockland9%4%***12%***
Thompson13%12%**12%**
Tusten4%11%***12%***
Sullivan Villages
Bloomingburg9%12%***13%***
Jeffersonville5%1%***0%***
Liberty12%15%***31%**
Monticello24%15%***18%***
Woodridge24%12%***17%***
Wurtsboro2%0%***7%***
Ulster Cities
Kingston10%8%**12%*
Ulster Towns
Denning9%10%***6%***
Esopus19%5%***14%**
Gardiner4%17%***11%***
Hardenburgh15%11%***0%***
Hurley5%1%***3%***
Kingston4%3%***10%***
Lloyd10%5%***7%***
Marbletown3%9%***8%***
Marlborough9%11%**7%***
New Paltz9%7%***4%***
Olive4%14%***3%***
Plattekill7%15%***6%***
Rochester7%6%***13%***
Rosendale10%10%**14%***
Saugerties7%5%**8%**
Shandaken8%5%***11%***
Shawangunk11%14%***13%***
Ulster8%6%**7%**
Wawarsing13%10%***14%**
Woodstock4%6%**15%**
Ulster Villages
Ellenville15%20%***22%***
New Paltz12%14%***5%***
Saugerties9%10%***9%***

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.




Number of Elderly Living in Poverty
20002010-142015-19
Region9,85010,49614,428
Columbia County646657*1,098
Dutchess County2,0772,1873,270
Greene County751752*1,015*
Orange County2,6712,9223,772
Putnam County635613*687*
Sullivan County1,1171,0911,403
Ulster County1,9532,2743,183
NYS (excluding NYC)104,059115,319135,011
U.S.3,287,7743,926,2194,587,432
Columbia Cities
Hudson148159***167**
Columbia Towns
Ancram3139**9***
Austerlitz225***46***
Canaan1423***27***
Chatham2615***45***
Claverack7892***91***
Clermont1718***35***
Copake2676***87***
Gallatin2311***31***
Germantown210***30***
Ghent6345***23***
Greenport4672***104***
Hillsdale154***12***
Kinderhook4652***204***
Livingston2913***65***
New Lebanon150***22***
Stockport231***24***
Stuyvesant179***39***
Taghkanic63***37***
Columbia Villages
Chatham2130***28***
Kinderhook63***21***
Philmont1229***10***
Valatie2225***31***
Dutchess Cities
Beacon99111***121***
Poughkeepsie538450*502*
Dutchess Towns
Amenia90123***35***
Beekman4549***84***
Clinton1857***14***
Dover5516***111***
East Fishkill7765***189**
Fishkill183193**386**
Hyde Park152148**259**
La Grange3639***61***
Milan165***20***
North East4541***59***
Pawling4156***130***
Pine Plains921***8***
Pleasant Valley6017***121**
Poughkeepsie271391*382*
Red Hook6277***187**
Rhinebeck6979***181**
Stanford375***62***
Union Vale011***61***
Wappinger128176***235**
Washington4657***62***
Dutchess Villages
Fishkill4560***54***
Millbrook1232***16***
Millerton1610***10***
Pawling3222***21***
Red Hook626***34***
Rhinebeck4339***73***
Tivoli48***20***
Wappingers Falls81113***64***
Greene Towns
Ashland1124***22***
Athens5459***139***
Cairo119141***68***
Catskill183101***336***
Coxsackie12647***99***
Durham3231***16***
Greenville38101***26***
Halcott52***5***
Hunter72116***125***
Jewett1110***51***
Lexington2522***14***
New Baltimore4151***71***
Prattsville913***10***
Windham2534***33***
Greene Villages
Athens3640***32***
Catskill7633***80***
Coxsackie6922***65***
Hunter829***29***
Tannersville87***0***
Orange Cities
Middletown299239**434**
Newburgh387638*356**
Port Jervis137188**99***
Orange Towns
Blooming Grove11439***183**
Chester3533***91***
Cornwall5336***80***
Crawford5272***167***
Deerpark48104***230**
Goshen127155***105***
Greenville2016***39***
Hamptonburgh1014***66***
Highlands238***80***
Minisink1126***8***
Monroe199150**45***
Montgomery218308**284**
Mount Hope1532***42***
New Windsor209167***345**
Newburgh213180**240**
Tuxedo119***32***
Wallkill224235**321**
Warwick228211**305**
Wawayanda2731***44***
Woodbury1131***113***
Orange Villages
Chester3523***37***
Cornwall-on-Hudson150***15***
Florida115***10***
Goshen5843***56***
Greenwood Lake230***0***
Harriman1111***12***
Highland Falls238***33***
Kiryas Joel10473***63***
Maybrook2730***89***
Monroe3729***33***
Montgomery5947***20***
Otisville110***19***
South Blooming Grove11***67***
Tuxedo Park00***8***
Unionville014***7***
Walden4894***51***
Warwick11098***89***
Washingtonville6819***116***
Woodbury31***113***
Putnam Towns
Carmel180112***172***
Kent10637***64***
Patterson89131***78***
Philipstown179135***120**
Putnam Valley1690***195***
Southeast65108***58***
Putnam Villages
Brewster2515***7***
Cold Spring4122***15***
Nelsonville22***8***
Sullivan Towns
Bethel6893***60***
Callicoon341***66***
Cochecton209***20***
Delaware2431***37***
Fallsburg196202**271**
Forestburgh70***13***
Fremont3845***19***
Highland1452***9***
Liberty166125**242**
Lumberland3435***23***
Mamakating109130***171**
Neversink5953***6***
Rockland6129***86***
Thompson274250**335**
Tusten1336***45***
Sullivan Villages
Bloomingburg48***10***
Jeffersonville71***0***
Liberty8672***195**
Monticello222127***190***
Woodridge3913***16***
Wurtsboro20***17***
Ulster Cities
Kingston371276**419*
Ulster Towns
Denning614***6***
Esopus21566***234**
Gardiner21151***115***
Hardenburgh76***0***
Hurley6111***52***
Kingston44***21***
Lloyd10675***134***
Marbletown2289***109***
Marlborough89134**117***
New Paltz96115***82***
Olive22134***40***
Plattekill80218***105***
Rochester6165***201***
Rosendale67101**170***
Saugerties171151**307**
Shandaken4629***99***
Shawangunk108218***200***
Ulster156134**194**
Wawarsing201191***298**
Woodstock4392**280**
Ulster Villages
Ellenville81104***113***
New Paltz3987***37***
Saugerties5253***81***

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.




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 Increasing
Rate of Foster Care Admissions Maintaining
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 Decreasing
Total Population Increasing
Population by Age Not Applicable
Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Household Types Not Applicable
Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Employment by Sector Not Applicable
Spending for County Government Increasing
Tourism Revenue Increasing
Preschoolers Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
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 Decreasing
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 Decreasing
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 Decreasing
Mental Health Clinic Visits Decreasing
Homeownership Rates Maintaining
Homeless Persons Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Renters Not Applicable
Violent Crimes Decreasing


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