Wayne County Data and Trends
Wayne County Data and Trends
Wayne County Report Card
The Wayne 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.
Wayne County had the second largest increase in average salary in our region over the past decade and a relatively high graduation rate at 81%. Yet, the county’s population has been flat, median household income has declined and child poverty has increased. While overall crime rates have declined, violent crime rates increased, and juvenile delinquency rates were higher than rates for the region.
Wayne’s population has changed very little since 2000, while several other counties in the region experienced slight increases. With roughly 93,400 residents in 2011, Wayne accounted for 8% of the region’s population. Over the decade, the region and state saw population growth of 2% and 3% respectively, while the nation’s population grew by 11%.
Wayne County's population is aging. The number of adults 40 to 59 years old, the largest segment of the population, increased by 12% from 2000 to 2011, consistent with regional, state and national trends. Those 85 and older grew 24%. Similar to other counties in the upstate region, Wayne has experienced substantial declines in its number of youths and younger adults: 18% among residents 20 to 39 and 14% among people under 20.
Wayne’s Asian and Hispanic populations have grown over the last decade, though the county remained 94% white. From 2000 to 2011, Hispanic residents increased by 62%, overtaking the African American population, while Asian residents grew by 27%.
In 2007-11, 33% of Wayne County households were composed of married couples without children, 23% were married couples with children and 12% were singles with children households, similar to the region, state and nation.
Arts, Culture and Leisure
While most counties in the region have seen an increase in tourism, Wayne has experienced a decrease. In 2010, $32.6 million tourism dollars were spent in the county, a 25% decline from 2005. As a result, Wayne County had the lowest per resident spending on tourism in the region at about $350, compared to the regional figure of $1,180. Wayne County experienced a similar decrease in recreational tourism revenue, dropping from $28 per resident in 2005 to $17 in 2010.
Children and Youth
In 2007-11, 17% of children in Wayne County were living in poverty, the second highest rate in the region after Monroe and Yates and even with Genesee. The proportion of children living in poverty rose from 11% in 2000. The rates varied by race and ethnicity, as 14% of children from white households in the county lived in poverty, compared to more than half of African American children.
Consistent with regional trends, Wayne County has experienced an increase in the proportion of single-parent families since 2000. In 2007-11, 34% of families were headed by single parents, up from 28% in 2000. The rate of child abuse and neglect has also increased in Wayne to 21 cases per 1,000 children, higher than both the rate for the region and state.
The rate of pregnancies among 15- to 19-year-olds declined slightly throughout the decade from 4.9% to 3.7%. Wayne had the fourth highest rate of teen pregnancy in the region, though its rate was below the state’s.
In 2010, the proportion of mothers accessing early care was up 6 percentage points to 76%, higher than the state rate but still below the regional rate of 78%. In addition, Wayne had the fourth highest rate among regional counties of babies with low birth weight at 7.1% of all births in 2010. The infant mortality rate rose from 1.9 to 3.1 deaths among infants under age 1 per year per 1,000 live births, an increase of 63%.
Voter registration in Wayne County exceeded state rates. In 2011, 78% of voting age adults were registered, compared to 79% for the region and 76% for the state. In the 2008 presidential election, 60% of voting age residents voted, below the regional rate of 62%, but above the state rate of 51% and the national rate of 57%. In 2010, voter turnout was 40%, similar to the region but above the 32% for the state.
Charitable giving in Wayne County lagged behind some regional counties, but exceeded levels in others. On average, Wayne County donors gave $574 in 2008, the fourth highest in the region and a 27% decline since 2002. As a percent of income, Wayne donors gave 1.2% of their income in 2008, consistent with other rates in the region.
Wayne County has been part of the larger transition from manufacturing to knowledge-based industry. Between 2001 and 2011, Wayne County experienced job growth in the Financial Activities (29%), Health Care and Social Assistance (6%), Government (8%), Leisure and Hospitality (6%) and Construction (11%) sectors. Similar to the rest of the region, the greatest job loss occurred in Information and Manufacturing (-25% and -17%, respectively). Total jobs declined by less than 1% from 2001 to 2011.
Wayne has one of the higher unemployment rates in the region, though its rate of 8.1% in 2011 was slightly below the state rate (8.2%) and national rate (8.9%). The total number of unemployed in Wayne County has more than doubled since 2000, increasing from 1,850 to nearly 3,850 residents.
Wayne County's average salary, adjusted for inflation, increased 11% to roughly $38,300, the greatest percentage increase in the region from 2000 to 2011 after Orleans. New York State posted growth of about 5% over the period, with an average salary of about $61,800 in 2011. Wayne had the third highest salary in the region, after Monroe and Ontario.
Students in Wayne performed at about the same level as those throughout the state on most key state tests, with some higher results, including a higher graduation rate. For example, in 2011, 87% of Wayne students passed the state Regents math exam compared to 73% of students statewide. About 81% of Wayne students graduated on time (in 4 years), compared to 79% in the region and 74% statewide.
Wayne County adults age 25 and over had less formal education than in the region, state or nation. In 2007-11, 52% of adults in Wayne had attended at least some college, compared to 59% in the region and 57% in the state and nation. However, Wayne's rate was up from 46% of adult residents in 2000.
Spending per student by school districts in Wayne County has increased 38% since 2000, after adjusting for inflation. In 2011, Wayne school districts spent $18,400 per student, the third highest level of spending in the region after Seneca and Yates, though less than the state rate of $20,400.
Similar to the rest of the region, incomes in Wayne County have not kept pace with inflation and have worsened in light of the 2008 recession. Wayne County's median household income in 2007-11 was about $54,400, lower than the state ($56,950) and slightly higher than the nation ($52,800). Adjusted for inflation, the county's median income has declined 9% since 2000, while the state median decreased 3%. Median incomes varied greatly between ethnic and racial groups, with the median income for African American residents roughly less than half that of white residents.
Wayne County had more residents living in poverty in 2007-11 than in 2000, along with the rest of the region. In 2007-11, 11% of Wayne residents had incomes below the poverty line, compared to 9% in 2000.
Similar to trends in other regional counties, Wayne experienced an increase in the number of residents receiving temporary assistance, the highest rate of increase in the region at 27% between 2001 and 2011. In 2011, Wayne served 7.6 emergency meals per resident—nearly quadruple the number served per resident in 2000.
In 2010, 11% of Wayne County residents under the age of 65 lacked health insurance, even with the regional rate but lower than the state (14%) and the nation (18%).
Like other counties in the region, Wayne has seen an overall decline in mortality rates since 2000. Wayne County residents had declines in mortality rates from heart disease (-22%), cancer (-16%), lower respiratory disease (-25%) and stroke (-49%).
Wayne County has experienced an increase in the number of reported cases of chlamydia infections, in line with regional and state trends. In 2011, Wayne had 279 cases reported per 100,000 residents. Wayne had the highest growth rate in the region (55%) for mental health clinic visits, growing to 5.3 per 1,000 residents in 2011.
Wayne County residents have less access to physicians, with the second lowest rate of doctors per 10,000 residents in the region. In 2009, Wayne had fewer than 8 doctors per 10,000 residents, down from 10 in 2002. This was substantially less than the regional rate (28 per 10,000 residents) and state rate (34 per 10,000 residents). The rate of "preventable hospital admissions," which can be related to less access to preventive care, increased by 17% from 2000 to 2009. That ran counter to the declines experienced in all of the other counties.
Homes in Wayne County retained their value. In 2007-11, Wayne had a median home value of about $108,400, just below the 2000 level. But that was lower than the national figure ($186,200) and much lower than the state ($301,000).
In 2007-11, the homeownership rate in Wayne was 80%, a slight increase from 2000. This rate was higher than the region (74%), state (58%) and nation (68%). Homeownership rates were higher among white residents (79%) than African American residents (41%).
Wayne County became less affordable for renters and homeowners. Since 2000, rent as a percentage of household income has increased by four percentage points to 31% in 2007-2011. Housing has also become less affordable for homeowners, as the ratio of median home value to median income increased slightly to 1.69 in 2007-11.
Wayne saw a decline in serious crimes (-20%), property crime (-23%), and less serious crimes
(-46%), similar to the state. However, from 2000 to 2011, violent crimes (a subset of serious crimes) increased by 17%. After Monroe, Wayne had the highest rate of domestic violence in the region in 2011 despite a 16% decrease since 2009 with 54 reports per 10,000 residents, compared to a rate of 37 among all the counties surrounding Monroe.
Similar to declines in the state and region, the rate of Persons in Need of Supervision (PINS) in the county has decreased substantially since 2000. Wayne's rate of PINS petitions declined by 71%, from 5.9 per 1,000 youth in 2000 to 1.7 in 2011, the greatest decline in the region after Seneca during this time period.
The rate of juvenile delinquency intakes in Wayne decreased from 2000 to 2011, though it fluctuated over the decade. In 2011, there were 97 intakes per 10,000 children (ages 7-16), above the rate of 87 for the state and 77 for the region.
Incidences of fire decreased slightly throughout the decade. From 2001 to 2011, Wayne’s rate of fires per 10,000 residents decreased by 3% to 58, down from a peak of 70 in 2008. In 2011, the rate was above rate for the region and state.
Note: Data research and analysis completed by the Center for Governmental Research.
Banner and Environment Photo provided by Peter "Skippy" Bushnell