Using the Site

The website has been designed with the intention of facilitating use of the data. We encourage you to download the data tables, create your own charts, and use the materials presented throughout the site. Each indicator will provide you with the opportunity to download the data or save the chart image by right–clicking with your mouse and saving the image. 

Indicator Features

The Mid–Hudson Valley Community Profiles project provides data for 59 indicators grouped into 9 main topics.  Each indicator is composed of: Chart (Map, where applicable), Analysis and Data Tables.


Each indicator includes a chart that typically displays data for the counties, local areas, state and nation. Items in the legend below the chart can be clicked on or off to aid in analysis. Depending on the indicator, data may not be available for all geographic locations for every year. The chart can also be printed or exported as an image or document using the menu at the top right.


Many indicators with data from the U.S. Census Bureau will also have a color-coded map, displaying the data geospatially for local areas (cities, towns and villages). To zoom in to see local data, click on the plus sign; to zoom out, click the minus sign. To view the legend explaining the colors and data, click on the arrows . Click on a point on the map to view data for that area.   


Analysis is presented below the chart and includes the following sections:

What does this measure?

Provides the definition of the indicator.

Why is this important?

Describes the significance of the indicator.

How is our region performing?

Describes how the region and counties has fared on the indicator over a number of years and shows comparisons to the state and nation when available.

Notes about the data

Provides information about the data including how calculations were done, changes in reporting or data collection methods, or other caveats to be aware of when interpreting the data.

Data Tables

The data tables provide detailed breakdowns for each of the geographies, including data for the counties, state, and nation, when possible. For most indicators, you can find a table showing the rates and percentages used to make the chart for the indicator, as well as a table showing the raw numbers upon which calculations were based.

Data tables present data for the most recent year available as well as historical data, typically going back at least to 2000, for trending purposes.

Key Trends

To assist in interpreting the indicators, a summary of overall trends is presented for each of the 9 topics. The topic trends can be found on the main topic pages.

Regional Overview

The Regional Overview is a summary of key trends from all of the topics. As a "state of the region," this section highlights the most important indicators and trends to provide an overall picture of what is happening in the seven–county region of Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Sullivan, and Ulster.


Ability to view at-a-glance indicators for the region, counties, cities and races and ethnicities, as well as creating a customized Dashboard with selected indicators.

Caveats about Accuracy

CGR has been very careful in collecting, analyzing, and presenting data from a variety of sources. Although CGR has judged its data sources to be reliable, it was not possible to authenticate all data. If careful users of the website discover data errors or typographical errors, CGR welcomes this feedback and will incorporate corrections into the data updates. Please contact CGR directly with such information at (585) 325–6360 or by email.