Financial Stability
Households Receiving SNAP

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Households Receiving SNAP

What does this measure?

The proportion of households that participates in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps).

Why is this important?

SNAP provides restricted government funding for low-income people that can only be used to buy food. It therefore is an indication of how many people in a region rely on government assistance to meet their basic needs.

How is the region performing?

In 2018-22, 9% of households reported receiving SNAP. This is less than both the national rate of 12% and the state rate of 11%. The highest rate among counties in the region was in Sullivan where 16% of households said they received SNAP; the same applies for 10% of households in Orange and Ulster, while Putnam had the lowest rate at 4%. Rates were higher in the region's cities: 27% in Newburgh, 20% in Poughkeepsie and 17% in Kingston.

Notes about the data

The multiyear figures are from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS). Studies have found that ACS estimates of enrollment in public benefit programs tend to underestimate the true rate. The estimates reported above should be considered a lower bound of the true estimate. 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.

Studies have found that national survey estimates (including the ACS) of enrollment in public benefit programs tend to underestimate the true rate due to underreporting by participants, when compared with state-level administrative data. Underreporting can occur for a variety of reasons, including the social stigma of program participation and participants' confusion about the source of the services they receive. For these reasons, the estimates reported above should be considered a lower bound of the true figure. Data for this indicator are expected to be released in December.

Households Receiving SNAP
NYS (excluding NYC)10%11%11%
Columbia Cities
Hudson city, Columbia County25%*28%*26%*
Columbia Towns
Ancram town, Columbia County7%**9%**1%***
Austerlitz town, Columbia County1%***5%***5%***
Canaan town, Columbia County4%***4%***3%***
Chatham town, Columbia County8%***5%***6%***
Claverack town, Columbia County7%**10%**15%***
Clermont town, Columbia County3%***4%***2%***
Copake town, Columbia County1%***8%***6%***
Gallatin town, Columbia County2%***9%**2%***
Germantown town, Columbia County5%***7%***4%***
Ghent town, Columbia County5%***7%***10%**
Greenport town, Columbia County11%***12%**8%***
Hillsdale town, Columbia County9%***14%**15%***
Kinderhook town, Columbia County6%**8%**5%**
Livingston town, Columbia County5%***8%***11%***
New Lebanon town, Columbia County5%***8%***10%**
Stockport town, Columbia County6%***15%**5%***
Stuyvesant town, Columbia County3%***15%**8%***
Taghkanic town, Columbia County5%***5%***5%***
Columbia Villages
Chatham village, Columbia County9%***9%***9%***
Kinderhook village, Columbia County8%***3%***4%***
Philmont village, Columbia County20%**29%**15%***
Valatie village, Columbia County13%***11%***3%***
Dutchess Cities
Beacon city, Dutchess County17%15%11%*
Poughkeepsie city, Dutchess County22%24%20%
Dutchess Towns
Amenia town, Dutchess County12%**14%**10%**
Beekman town, Dutchess County3%***4%**3%***
Clinton town, Dutchess County1%***3%***2%***
Dover town, Dutchess County5%***14%*10%**
East Fishkill town, Dutchess County2%**5%*3%*
Fishkill town, Dutchess County3%**5%*5%**
Hyde Park town, Dutchess County7%*12%*7%*
La Grange town, Dutchess County3%***4%**3%**
Milan town, Dutchess County6%***1%***5%***
North East town, Dutchess County4%***3%***6%***
Pawling town, Dutchess County3%**6%**4%**
Pine Plains town, Dutchess County10%***12%**6%***
Pleasant Valley town, Dutchess County9%*7%**5%***
Poughkeepsie town, Dutchess County8%10%*9%*
Red Hook town, Dutchess County5%*7%*3%***
Rhinebeck town, Dutchess County5%***3%**3%***
Stanford town, Dutchess County4%***3%***3%***
Union Vale town, Dutchess County3%***3%***0%***
Wappinger town, Dutchess County3%*8%4%**
Washington town, Dutchess County4%***5%***5%***
Dutchess Villages
Fishkill village, Dutchess County3%***7%***7%***
Millbrook village, Dutchess County4%***5%***7%***
Millerton village, Dutchess County4%***8%***4%***
Pawling village, Dutchess County5%***9%*7%***
Red Hook village, Dutchess County9%***10%**4%***
Rhinebeck village, Dutchess County9%***2%***1%***
Tivoli village, Dutchess County2%***3%***6%***
Wappingers Falls village, Dutchess County7%***18%**9%***
Greene Towns
Ashland town, Greene County6%***9%***4%***
Athens town, Greene County9%**11%**6%**
Cairo town, Greene County6%***5%**10%**
Catskill town, Greene County13%*11%*7%**
Coxsackie town, Greene County12%**10%**6%***
Durham town, Greene County9%***8%**8%***
Greenville town, Greene County5%***1%***2%***
Halcott town, Greene County5%***3%***9%***
Hunter town, Greene County18%**5%***17%***
Jewett town, Greene County6%***2%***4%***
Lexington town, Greene County7%***3%***2%***
New Baltimore town, Greene County1%***3%***3%***
Prattsville town, Greene County5%***4%***36%***
Windham town, Greene County11%***9%**7%***
Greene Villages
Athens village, Greene County9%***14%**10%**
Catskill village, Greene County22%**14%**7%***
Coxsackie village, Greene County18%**12%***10%***
Hunter village, Greene County13%***6%***16%***
Tannersville village, Greene County29%***9%***16%***
Orange Cities
Middletown city, Orange County17%14%14%*
Newburgh city, Orange County25%27%27%
Port Jervis city, Orange County22%*21%*21%*
Orange Towns
Blooming Grove town, Orange County5%**5%*12%*
Chester town, Orange County5%***4%**4%***
Cornwall town, Orange County3%**3%**4%**
Crawford town, Orange County8%**9%**3%***
Deerpark town, Orange County10%**14%*13%**
Goshen town, Orange County4%*8%*5%**
Greenville town, Orange County0%***4%***3%***
Hamptonburgh town, Orange County2%***4%***1%***
Highlands town, Orange County9%***3%***9%**
Minisink town, Orange County3%***2%***7%***
Monroe town, Orange County22%27%5%**
Montgomery town, Orange County8%*10%*6%*
Mount Hope town, Orange County4%***7%***6%**
New Windsor town, Orange County3%**7%*8%*
Newburgh town, Orange County5%**4%*4%*
Tuxedo town, Orange County0%***0%***5%***
Wallkill town, Orange County9%*8%*8%*
Warwick town, Orange County2%**4%*3%**
Wawayanda town, Orange County6%***7%***4%***
Woodbury town, Orange County1%***3%***9%***
Orange Villages
Chester village, Orange County6%***8%**10%***
Cornwall-on-Hudson village, Orange County3%***2%***3%***
Florida village, Orange County4%***4%***5%***
Goshen village, Orange County5%**11%**4%***
Greenwood Lake village, Orange County7%***10%***0%***
Harriman village, Orange County5%***12%**7%***
Highland Falls village, Orange County14%***4%***11%**
Kiryas Joel village, Orange County55%57%41%
Maybrook village, Orange County14%**12%**11%***
Monroe village, Orange County4%***8%**7%***
Montgomery village, Orange County6%***12%**5%***
Otisville village, Orange County7%***9%***13%***
South Blooming Grove village, Orange County6%***7%***17%**
Tuxedo Park village, Orange County0%***1%***0%***
Unionville village, Orange County15%***7%***5%***
Walden village, Orange County10%*9%**6%***
Warwick village, Orange County2%***7%**4%***
Washingtonville village, Orange County9%**9%*5%**
Woodbury village, Orange County1%***3%***9%***
Putnam Towns
Carmel town, Putnam County3%**4%*4%*
Kent town, Putnam County2%***3%**2%***
Patterson town, Putnam County6%**3%***3%***
Philipstown town, Putnam County3%***2%***3%**
Putnam Valley town, Putnam County1%***2%***4%***
Southeast town, Putnam County5%*6%*3%**
Putnam Villages
Brewster village, Putnam County22%**12%***13%***
Cold Spring village, Putnam County7%***3%***8%***
Nelsonville village, Putnam County1%***2%***6%***
Sullivan Towns
Bethel town, Sullivan County7%***6%***10%***
Callicoon town, Sullivan County7%***10%***8%***
Cochecton town, Sullivan County5%***5%***8%***
Delaware town, Sullivan County3%***6%***8%***
Fallsburg town, Sullivan County21%*21%*17%*
Forestburgh town, Sullivan County3%***6%***1%***
Fremont town, Sullivan County8%***3%***13%***
Highland town, Sullivan County9%***8%***5%***
Liberty town, Sullivan County12%*19%*23%*
Lumberland town, Sullivan County10%***3%***11%***
Mamakating town, Sullivan County7%**10%*14%*
Neversink town, Sullivan County4%***9%***12%**
Rockland town, Sullivan County12%**8%***15%***
Thompson town, Sullivan County17%*21%25%
Tusten town, Sullivan County10%**6%***6%***
Sullivan Villages
Bloomingburg village, Sullivan County14%***28%***59%***
Jeffersonville village, Sullivan County11%***11%***10%***
Liberty village, Sullivan County15%**29%*34%*
Monticello village, Sullivan County24%*33%45%
Woodridge village, Sullivan County27%**24%**24%***
Wurtsboro village, Sullivan County14%***13%***9%***
Ulster Cities
Kingston city, Ulster County22%24%17%
Ulster Towns
Denning town, Ulster County13%**12%***12%***
Esopus town, Ulster County7%**7%**5%***
Gardiner town, Ulster County6%***1%***2%***
Hardenburgh town, Ulster County0%***8%***10%***
Hurley town, Ulster County4%***6%**6%***
Kingston town, Ulster County13%***5%***10%***
Lloyd town, Ulster County9%**13%**6%***
Marbletown town, Ulster County3%***6%***12%***
Marlborough town, Ulster County7%**8%**4%***
New Paltz town, Ulster County7%**3%**5%**
Olive town, Ulster County7%***7%***3%***
Plattekill town, Ulster County12%*10%*8%***
Rochester town, Ulster County10%**7%*8%***
Rosendale town, Ulster County9%**12%*9%**
Saugerties town, Ulster County7%*10%*12%*
Shandaken town, Ulster County10%**10%***9%***
Shawangunk town, Ulster County6%**5%**4%***
Ulster town, Ulster County14%*16%*14%*
Wawarsing town, Ulster County16%*17%*18%*
Woodstock town, Ulster County7%**8%*10%**
Ulster Villages
Ellenville village, Ulster County22%*24%**27%**
New Paltz village, Ulster County7%***3%***3%***
Saugerties village, Ulster County9%**10%**16%**

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 Households Receiving SNAP
NYS (excluding NYC)404,123476,981469,669
Columbia Cities
Hudson city, Columbia County653*775*671*
Columbia Towns
Ancram town, Columbia County45**55**8***
Austerlitz town, Columbia County3***35***35***
Canaan town, Columbia County21***24***27***
Chatham town, Columbia County142***81***106***
Claverack town, Columbia County173**282**335***
Clermont town, Columbia County23***25***15***
Copake town, Columbia County13***117***89***
Gallatin town, Columbia County16***59**10***
Germantown town, Columbia County45***59***34***
Ghent town, Columbia County112***142***188**
Greenport town, Columbia County223***216**150***
Hillsdale town, Columbia County73***99**121***
Kinderhook town, Columbia County186**248**176**
Livingston town, Columbia County72***113***170***
New Lebanon town, Columbia County53***81***94**
Stockport town, Columbia County70***169**50***
Stuyvesant town, Columbia County22***131**64***
Taghkanic town, Columbia County23***27***24***
Columbia Villages
Chatham village, Columbia County71***59***75***
Kinderhook village, Columbia County41***20***22***
Philmont village, Columbia County100**167**86***
Valatie village, Columbia County73***57***20***
Dutchess Cities
Beacon city, Dutchess County982771656*
Poughkeepsie city, Dutchess County2,8013,1022,735
Dutchess Towns
Amenia town, Dutchess County207**233**139**
Beekman town, Dutchess County138***178**124***
Clinton town, Dutchess County21***51***33***
Dover town, Dutchess County159***433*339**
East Fishkill town, Dutchess County181**518*322*
Fishkill town, Dutchess County253**407*454**
Hyde Park town, Dutchess County536*851*586*
La Grange town, Dutchess County174***202**192**
Milan town, Dutchess County62***5***52***
North East town, Dutchess County47***42***71***
Pawling town, Dutchess County96**190**125**
Pine Plains town, Dutchess County88***127**50***
Pleasant Valley town, Dutchess County335*269**213***
Poughkeepsie town, Dutchess County1,1641,446*1,462*
Red Hook town, Dutchess County193*266*112***
Rhinebeck town, Dutchess County145***106**117***
Stanford town, Dutchess County52***41***39***
Union Vale town, Dutchess County43***46***6***
Wappinger town, Dutchess County351*769486**
Washington town, Dutchess County76***87***108***
Dutchess Villages
Fishkill village, Dutchess County27***68***77***
Millbrook village, Dutchess County31***38***54***
Millerton village, Dutchess County13***34***14***
Pawling village, Dutchess County46***84*66***
Red Hook village, Dutchess County82***87**31***
Rhinebeck village, Dutchess County101***21***12***
Tivoli village, Dutchess County10***15***21***
Wappingers Falls village, Dutchess County148***357**227***
Greene Towns
Ashland town, Greene County21***31***11***
Athens town, Greene County148**154**94**
Cairo town, Greene County187***122**236**
Catskill town, Greene County545*451*320**
Coxsackie town, Greene County286**222**145***
Durham town, Greene County89***74**83***
Greenville town, Greene County85***11***32***
Halcott town, Greene County5***4***13***
Hunter town, Greene County197**58***178***
Jewett town, Greene County23***10***17***
Lexington town, Greene County28***14***6***
New Baltimore town, Greene County14***41***36***
Prattsville town, Greene County13***11***113***
Windham town, Greene County73***55**38***
Greene Villages
Athens village, Greene County57***82**70**
Catskill village, Greene County282**190**121***
Coxsackie village, Greene County197**124***105***
Hunter village, Greene County28***15***25***
Tannersville village, Greene County64***29***23***
Orange Cities
Middletown city, Orange County1,6161,4901,444*
Newburgh city, Orange County2,2792,4482,786
Port Jervis city, Orange County746*701*726*
Orange Towns
Blooming Grove town, Orange County296**306*686*
Chester town, Orange County216***146**183***
Cornwall town, Orange County150**145**199**
Crawford town, Orange County267**297**98***
Deerpark town, Orange County320**421*370**
Goshen town, Orange County192*377*212**
Greenville town, Orange County0***62***43***
Hamptonburgh town, Orange County33***71***25***
Highlands town, Orange County251***110***342**
Minisink town, Orange County49***37***99***
Monroe town, Orange County2,1602,830381**
Montgomery town, Orange County596*785*487*
Mount Hope town, Orange County65***142***123**
New Windsor town, Orange County301**668*817*
Newburgh town, Orange County519**440*458*
Tuxedo town, Orange County0***7***71***
Wallkill town, Orange County906*825*954*
Warwick town, Orange County279**526*397**
Wawayanda town, Orange County151***160***114***
Woodbury town, Orange County21***93***329***
Orange Villages
Chester village, Orange County98***118**150***
Cornwall-on-Hudson village, Orange County29***26***39***
Florida village, Orange County47***37***45***
Goshen village, Orange County108**233**94***
Greenwood Lake village, Orange County82***115***0***
Harriman village, Orange County49***123**78***
Highland Falls village, Orange County217***75***188**
Kiryas Joel village, Orange County1,9422,3382,549
Maybrook village, Orange County150**157**148***
Monroe village, Orange County109***223**191***
Montgomery village, Orange County86***193**77***
Otisville village, Orange County30***33***65***
South Blooming Grove village, Orange County65***76***196**
Tuxedo Park village, Orange County0***2***0***
Unionville village, Orange County31***15***12***
Walden village, Orange County241*201**175***
Warwick village, Orange County69***198**140***
Washingtonville village, Orange County193**184*104**
Woodbury village, Orange County21***88***313***
Putnam Towns
Carmel town, Putnam County348**425*492*
Kent town, Putnam County103***132**108***
Patterson town, Putnam County221**92***115***
Philipstown town, Putnam County98***82***125**
Putnam Valley town, Putnam County60***67***182***
Southeast town, Putnam County343*369*210**
Putnam Villages
Brewster village, Putnam County193**103***125***
Cold Spring village, Putnam County59***22***64***
Nelsonville village, Putnam County2***4***15***
Sullivan Towns
Bethel town, Sullivan County122***97***166***
Callicoon town, Sullivan County105***112***105***
Cochecton town, Sullivan County28***33***50***
Delaware town, Sullivan County36***63***75***
Fallsburg town, Sullivan County806*855*757*
Forestburgh town, Sullivan County13***25***3***
Fremont town, Sullivan County52***17***66***
Highland town, Sullivan County87***80***52***
Liberty town, Sullivan County465*633*838*
Lumberland town, Sullivan County101***30***83***
Mamakating town, Sullivan County312**396*634*
Neversink town, Sullivan County66***109***179**
Rockland town, Sullivan County194**126***232***
Thompson town, Sullivan County1,024*1,1261,564
Tusten town, Sullivan County67**39***45***
Sullivan Villages
Bloomingburg village, Sullivan County23***40***131***
Jeffersonville village, Sullivan County15***13***16***
Liberty village, Sullivan County269**452*582*
Monticello village, Sullivan County657*8201,160
Woodridge village, Sullivan County101**82**71***
Wurtsboro village, Sullivan County56***65***46***
Ulster Cities
Kingston city, Ulster County2,1602,2531,650
Ulster Towns
Denning town, Ulster County35**25***20***
Esopus town, Ulster County239**227**202***
Gardiner town, Ulster County128***27***24***
Hardenburgh town, Ulster County0***9***7***
Hurley town, Ulster County106***177**162***
Kingston town, Ulster County59***24***39***
Lloyd town, Ulster County392**503**256***
Marbletown town, Ulster County67***137***290***
Marlborough town, Ulster County221**292**128***
New Paltz town, Ulster County337**148**230**
Olive town, Ulster County149***127***62***
Plattekill town, Ulster County453*411*337***
Rochester town, Ulster County280**225*234***
Rosendale town, Ulster County222**295*233**
Saugerties town, Ulster County526*791*1,011*
Shandaken town, Ulster County150**141***129***
Shawangunk town, Ulster County237**220**178***
Ulster town, Ulster County684*800*759*
Wawarsing town, Ulster County681*766*844*
Woodstock town, Ulster County199**215*336**
Ulster Villages
Ellenville village, Ulster County320*381**445**
New Paltz village, Ulster County141***57***75***
Saugerties village, Ulster County171**177**293**

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%.

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
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 Economic Background Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 4 English, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 4 Math, by Economic Background 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
Education Levels of Adults Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income Increasing
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Maintaining
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Seniors Living in Poverty Increasing
Veterans Living in Poverty Maintaining
Children Receiving Subsidized Child Care Decreasing
Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch Increasing
Earned Income Tax Credit Participation Increasing
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Deaths from Drug Overdoses Increasing
Early Prenatal Care, by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Living Wage Rate by Household Type Not Applicable
Income in Relation to Poverty Level Not Applicable
Babies with Low Birth Weights Maintaining
Households Receiving SNAP Maintaining
Food Insecurity Decreasing
People Living wth HIV Increasing
Mental Health Clinic Visits Increasing
Homeownership Rates Maintaining
Newly Diagnosed Cases of HIV Decreasing
Homeless Persons Decreasing
Cost of Homeownership Maintaining
Cost of Renting Increasing
Violent Crimes Decreasing
Homeownership Rates, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Domestic Violence Decreasing
Cost of Rent, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Arrest Rates, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Incarceration Rates, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable