Seneca County Data And Trends
Seneca County Data And Trends
Seneca County Report Card
The Seneca County Report Card aggregates data from more than 100 community indicators on the site and use symbols, colors and arrows to provide a quick, at-a-glance overview of the well-being of the county. This data cover the topics of Arts, Culture and Leisure, Children and Youth, Community Engagement, Economy, Education, Financial Self-Sufficiency, Health, Housing, and Public Safety.
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Seneca has population growth, growing revenue from tourism, and increases in jobs and average salaries over the last decade. Housing is affordable. Yet students in Seneca are lagging their peers across the state on most state tests and graduated at lower rates. While overall crime rates have declined, violent crime increased. A relatively low share of Seneca residents receives temporary assistance (welfare), and application approval rates are the second lowest in the region.
Seneca County had the second highest population growth in the region, increasing 6% since 2000 to about 35,300 residents in 2012. Seneca’s population was the smallest in the region after Yates County. Over the decade, the region and state saw population growth of 2% and 3% respectively, while the nation’s population grew by 12%.
Similar to regional trends, Seneca County's population is aging. The number of adults 40 to 59 years old, the largest segment of the population, increased by 10% from 2000 to 2012 and the number of residents age 85 and older increased by 34%. Seneca experienced a decline in the population of residents under the age of 20 (10%), and the number of residents 20-39 years old increased by 3%, making Seneca the only county in the region to experience growth in the latter age group.
There were increases in minority populations in Seneca County, especially the African American population, although the county remained 92% white. From 2000 to 2012, the African American population more than doubled, while Seneca’s Hispanic and Asian populations also increased, by 63% and 16%, respectively.
Seneca County has seen a decline in the share of households made up of married couples with children and an increase in some other types of households. In 2008-12, about 18% of households in the county were composed of married couples with children, down from 23% in 2000. Households of singles with children made up 11%.
Arts, Culture and Leisure
Seneca County has experienced the third largest increase in tourism revenue in the region between 2005 and 2012. In 2012, $45.6 million was spent on tourism in the county, a 38% increase from 2005. In 2012, tourism revenue per resident was $1,290, compared to the regional figure of $1,220. However, recreational tourism revenue fell 24% from $48 per resident in 2005 to $39 in 2012.
Children and Youth
In 2008-12, 15% of children in Seneca County were living in poverty, compared with 19% in the region and 21% in the state. Seneca’s proportion of children living in poverty dropped by 1 point since 2000.
Consistent with regional trends, Seneca County has experienced an increase in the proportion of single-parent families since 2000. In 2008-12, the percentage of single-parent families rose 9 points to 38%, the second largest increase and rate in the region. The rate of child abuse and neglect has decreased in Seneca to 22.2 cases per 1,000 children, but remains one of the higher rates in the region and higher than the state (16.9).
Teen pregnancy has declined slightly from 5% of 15- to 19-year-old in 2000 to 3.4% in 2011. Seneca’s rate was below the region (3.6%) and state (4.6%) in 2011.
Seneca had the second lowest rate of early prenatal care in the region in 2011, with 62% of mothers accessing early care, an 11-point drop since 2000.
Voter registration in Seneca County lagged behind state and regional rates. In 2012, 75% of voting age adults was registered, below the 82% for the region and 78% for the state. In the 2008 presidential election, 54% of voting-age residents voted, below the regional rate of 61% and the national rate of 57%, but above the state rate of 52%. In 2012, voter turnout was 47%, below the region and but on par with the state.
Charitable giving in Seneca County was the second lowest in the region after Wyoming. On average, Seneca County donors gave $442 in 2008, a 25% decline since 2002. As a percent of income, Seneca donors gave 1% of their income in 2008.
Seneca experienced 12% job growth since 2000—the second highest rate of growth in the region. Of the sectors that experienced growth, Professional Services (34%) and Government (44%) grew at the highest rates. The largest declines were experienced in Information jobs (64%) and Education jobs (27%).
Like other counties in the region, Seneca has seen an increase in its unemployment rate from 5.5% in 2008 to 7.9% in 2012, below the state rate of 8.5% and the national rate of 8.1%. The total number of unemployed in Seneca County has more than doubled since 2000, increasing from 680 to nearly 1,350 residents in 2012.
Seneca County's average salary increased nearly 15% since 2000 to roughly $40,800. New York State posted growth of about 5% over the period, with an average salary of about $62,700 in 2012.
The percentage of 4-year olds participating in prekindergarten programs was 40% in Seneca County, about even with the region but below the 46% in the state. Participation increased 16 percentage points since 2001, compared to increases of about 30 points in the region and state.
Students in Seneca did not perform as well as those in other counties on most key state tests. For example, in 2012, Seneca had the lowest percentage of students passing Regents English (81%) and the second lowest percentage of students passing Regents Math (79%) in the region. These rates compare to 82% and 71% in the state, respectively. About 80% of Seneca students graduated on time (in 4 years)—the second lowest rate of graduation in the region and even with Yates but above 77% statewide.
Seneca County adults age 25 and over had less formal education than adults in the region, state or nation. In 2008-12, 49% of adults in Seneca had attended at least some college, compared to 60% in the region and 58% in the state and nation. However, Seneca's rate was up from 43% of adult residents in 2000. Seneca also had the highest percentage of adults with less than a high school diploma (16%) in the region, down from 21% in 2000.
Spending per student by school districts in Seneca County has increased 64% since 2000, after adjusting for inflation. In 2012, Seneca school districts spent $20,900 per student, the highest level of spending in the region and on par with the state rate.
Similar to the rest of the region, incomes in Seneca County have not kept pace with inflation and have worsened in light of the 2008 recession. Seneca County's median household income in 2008-12 was about $49,200, lower than the state ($57,700) and the nation ($53,000). Adjusted for inflation, the county's median income has declined 4% since 2000, on par with the decrease at the state level.
The rate of people living in poverty in Seneca increased only slightly from 2000 to 12% in 2008-12, compared to 13% in the region and 15% in the state and nation.
Seneca had a 4% decline in the rate of residents receiving temporary assistance between 2001 and 2012, compared to an increase in the region. Seneca’s approval rate for public assistance applications was the second lowest in the region behind Monroe at 32%, compared with 40% in the state (excluding NYC). Similar to other counties in the region, the number of people receiving emergency food increased in Seneca County to 15.0 per resident, a 50% increase and the highest rate in the region.
Seneca had the smallest rate of children receiving subsidized child care in the region in 2012 at just 1.0% of children under age 13. This was a decline from 3.7% in 2003 and lower than the 2012 rates in the region (3.8%) and state (4.1%).
In 2010, 13% of Seneca County residents under the age of 65 lacked health insurance, above the regional rate of 11%, but lower than the state (14%) and the nation (18%). The percentage of residents enrolled in Medicaid increased by 8 percentage points in Seneca between 2000 and 2012 to 17%.
Like other counties in the region, Seneca has seen declines in mortality rates since 2000. Seneca County residents had declines in mortality rates from heart disease (43%), cancer (56%), chronic lower respiratory disease (8%), and stroke (36%). Seneca’s mortality rate from cancer declined more than any other county in the region.
Seneca County has experienced an increase in the number of reported cases of chlamydia infections, in line with regional and state trends. In 2012, Seneca had 100 cases, up from 39 in 2001. Despite a 10% decrease since 2001, Seneca had the highest rate for mental health clinic visits in the region at 8.6 per 1,000 residents, compared to 6.7 in the region and 6.3 in the state.
A rural county, Seneca County had the lowest rate in our region of doctors per 10,000 residents at 6 in 2010. This was substantially less than the regional rate (28) and state rate (35).
Homes in Seneca County have largely retained their value, with the median value decreasing just 1% since 2000. In 2008-12, Seneca had a median home value of about $92,800 — lower than the national figure ($181,400) and much lower than the state ($295,300).
In 2008-12, the homeownership rate in Seneca was 75%, an increase of just one point from 2000. This rate was higher than the region (69%), state (54%) and nation (66%).
Seneca is affordable for both home owners and renters. Rent consumed about 30% of median household income in 2008-12, on par with the threshold for affordability. The ratio of median home value to income increased slightly to 1.62, but remained below the level of 2 or 3 considered affordable.
Crime rates mostly declined in Seneca County over the decade. Seneca saw decreases in serious crimes (3%), property crime (6%), and other reported crimes (36%). However, from 2000 to 2012, the number of violent crimes (a subset of serious crimes) per 10,000 residents nearly doubled.
Similar to declines in the state and region, Persons in Need of Supervision (PINS) petitions in Seneca decreased substantially since 2000, from 30 in 2000 to 5 in 2012. The number of juvenile delinquency intakes in Seneca also decreased from 2000 to 2012 by nearly 60%.
Incidences of fire decreased slightly throughout the decade. From 2001 to 2012, Seneca’s rate of fires per 10,000 residents decreased by 12% to 70, down from a peak of 72 in 2008. In 2012, the rate was above the rate of the region and surrounding counties and second only to Wyoming County.
Note: Data research and analysis completed by the Center for Governmental Research