Housing fulfills the basic human need for shelter and is a strong measure of a community's cost of living, relative wealth and general prosperity.  In all cases, comparisons to state statistics reflect the state excluding New York City.

Homeownership rates have remained steady across the region and on par with the state at 70%. 
Rates were similar across the Mid-Hudson Valley, except Putnam County with the highest rate at 82% in 2016-20. 

The Mid-Hudson Valley experienced a decrease in the rate of homelessness since 2007.
In 2020, there were 17 homeless people per 10,000 residents in the region. Among the counties, Ulster County had the highest rate at 24 homeless people per 10,000 residents, followed by Dutchess County (20) while Orange County had the lowest rate at 12 homeless people per 10,000 residents in 2020. The region’s rate of homelessness decreased by 12% between 2007 and 2020,  lower than the 18% decline in the national rate. 

Owning a home has become harder in the Mid-Hudson Valley, with rising home values and income not keeping pace.
The affordability ratio (median home value divided by household income) was 3.5 in the region in 2016-20, up from 2.7 in 2000. Across the region, ratios ranged from a low of 2.9 in Sullivan County to a high of 3.7 in Ulster - all above the 3.0 considered affordable.

Rental housing has become less affordable  between 2000 and 2016–20, similar to state and national trends.
Region-wide, 32% of the median household income went to cover rent in 2016-20, above the federal affordability guideline that housing should cost no more than 30% of household income. In 2016-20, renters in Sullivan County spent 27% of their income on rent, below Greene (41%) and Ulster (35%) renters, similar to the 28% spent in the state. These proportions were up from 2000, 14 points in Greene and 8 points in Orange counties. 

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