Community Vitality
Recreation Spending

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Source: NYS Empire State Development

What does this measure?

The amount of money (in 2018 dollars) spent by tourists on recreational activities in the region expressed as a rate per resident.

Why is this important?

Recreational opportunities are a key draw for tourists to visit an area which brings external money into a region's economy and fuels the development of new industry and attractions. The sense of a region as a tourist destination increases regional pride, while recreational opportunities contribute to the quality of life of residents.

How is our region performing?

In 2018, over $96 million was spent by tourists on recreation in the region, up slightly from 2017. This equates to $80 per resident, compared to a NYS (excluding NYC) average of $162. Recreation spending at the statewide levels peaked in 2016 and the region peaked in 2007. Since 2005, recreation revenue per resident in the region has declined 1%.

Among local counties, Genesee had the highest recreation revenue per resident, at $229 followed by Wyoming with $202 which makes both above the state (excluding NYC) average. The next highest county was Orleans, at $134. The counties with the least recreation revenue were Wayne and Livingston, at $23 and $24 respectively per resident. Some counties in the region followed the same general pattern, with revenues peaking from 2006 to 2008 and falling sharply in the following years except for Livingston, Seneca, Wyoming and Yates who peaked in 2018. Some counties experienced more of a decrease than others, however, with Wayne falling 29% from 2005.

Notes about the data

The figures are presented per county resident to allow comparisons among counties of different sizes, but the spending is by tourists. New York State data excludes the heavy concentration of tourism in New York City. This data comes from Empire State Development, which contracts each year with Tourism Economics for a study on New York State tourism. Wineries and other tourism attractions related to agriculture are not included as tourism in this data, which impacts many of the surrounding counties. Data for this indicator are expected to be released in the third quarter.

Recreation Spending, per Resident
20052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
NYS$286$330$351$345$305$308$308$318$322$336$353$386$372$362
NYS (excluding NYC)$135$180$193$188$167$164$162$165$166$172$180$227$189$162
Region$81$80$86$83$73$71$70$72$72$72$75$77$79$80
Monroe$78$72$79$75$66$65$64$66$67$65$67$69$70$70
Surrounding Counties$86$93$97$96$83$81$79$82$81$82$87$90$93$96
Genesee$254$267$267$270$217$210$198$210$211$211$217$219$223$229
Livingston$23$19$18$17$16$16$16$22$20$20$21$22$23$24
Ontario$99$98$105$103$95$95$91$93$94$93$97$100$101$101
Orleans$31$124$131$119$101$102$109$107$105$107$114$121$128$134
Seneca$53$50$56$54$46$43$44$42$45$46$49$53$60$62
Wayne$32$28$26$26$22$19$18$19$19$20$21$22$22$23
Wyoming$156$133$161$160$151$141$142$144$144$152$168$180$190$202
Yates$24$23$25$25$22$22$21$23$23$24$26$27$27$28

Source: NYS Empire State Development
Notes: Figures are in constant 2018 dollars.




Total Recreation Spending
20052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
NYS$5,476,175,657$6,308,817,998$6,722,682,596$6,627,413,625$5,885,079,271$5,961,254,339$6,004,818,410$6,225,829,830$6,314,483,200$6,601,235,614$6,932,066,102$7,585,214,017$7,286,007,083$7,081,329,368
NYS (excluding NYC)$1,498,887,641$2,004,418,033$2,148,941,206$2,096,365,728$1,861,128,719$1,833,904,704$1,817,194,337$1,856,679,583$1,866,431,816$1,926,109,913$2,019,568,176$2,535,709,820$2,112,517,543$1,800,541,944
Region$98,014,018$97,073,532$104,515,892$100,604,935$88,569,887$86,426,567$84,883,428$87,748,079$88,087,145$87,240,123$90,809,226$93,099,866$94,741,876$96,562,317
Monroe$57,444,744$53,486,040$58,666,962$55,488,045$49,393,417$48,378,656$47,685,342$49,284,295$49,857,326$48,698,765$50,290,471$51,311,579$51,736,524$52,331,859
Surrounding Counties$40,569,274$43,587,492$45,848,930$45,116,890$39,176,470$38,047,911$37,198,086$38,463,784$38,229,820$38,541,358$40,518,754$41,788,288$43,005,352$44,230,458
Genesee$15,250,282$16,028,000$16,027,385$16,178,363$13,026,051$12,577,460$11,870,920$12,557,235$12,478,341$12,372,902$12,696,524$12,708,821$12,904,679$13,181,655
Livingston$1,495,327$1,224,396$1,163,844$1,146,100$1,062,778$1,032,959$1,027,853$1,414,748$1,273,241$1,288,208$1,347,368$1,401,225$1,438,292$1,502,751
Ontario$10,361,860$10,261,009$11,068,027$10,950,937$10,186,514$10,219,042$9,919,403$10,079,486$10,196,553$10,146,896$10,588,518$10,925,086$11,077,105$11,140,656
Orleans$1,368,038$5,388,338$5,661,782$5,135,292$4,345,918$4,387,486$4,649,513$4,550,923$4,432,731$4,459,935$4,725,647$4,994,879$5,219,444$5,436,445
Seneca$1,860,480$1,764,973$1,975,266$1,906,293$1,607,042$1,517,771$1,538,631$1,498,064$1,568,197$1,615,103$1,690,425$1,843,065$2,043,727$2,142,751
Wayne$2,954,654$2,645,592$2,450,008$2,412,509$2,017,873$1,802,209$1,697,275$1,802,625$1,744,878$1,805,816$1,956,095$1,971,702$1,993,531$2,029,796
Wyoming$6,676,900$5,693,502$6,860,748$6,754,999$6,367,303$5,950,168$5,949,587$5,986,967$5,945,739$6,246,434$6,862,546$7,279,876$7,647,331$8,100,363
Yates$601,731$581,681$641,870$632,397$562,991$560,815$544,903$573,736$590,140$606,063$651,631$663,633$681,242$696,042

Source: NYS Empire State Development
Notes: Figures are in constant 2018 dollars.











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INDICATORS - Grouped by Topic REGIONAL VALUE YEAR NYS COMPARISON TREND | REGION
Prenatal Care 77% 2017 3 0
Maintaining
Prenatal Care, by Race/Ethnicity 0 10 Not Applicable*
Babies Born with Low Birth Weights 8.2% 2017 2 1
Increasing
Babies Born with Low Birth Weights, Race/Ethnicity, Monroe County 0 10 Not Applicable*
Infant Mortality Rate 6.7 2015-17 2 0
Maintaining
Infant Mortality Rate, Race/Ethnicity, Monroe County 0 10 Not Applicable*
Children with Elevated Blood Lead Levels 0.9% 2016 2 -1
Decreasing
Children in Poverty 20% 2014-18 3 1
Increasing
Children in Poverty, Race/Ethnicity 2014-18 0 10 Not Applicable*
Single-Parent Families 39% 2014-18 2 1
Increasing
Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity 2014-18 0 10 Not Applicable*
Rate of Child Abuse and Neglect 20 2018 2 1
Increasing
Rate of Foster Care Admissions 2.3 2018 2 -1
Decreasing
Rate of Teen Pregnancy 2% 2017 3 -1
Decreasing
Rate of Teen Births 13 2017 2 -1
Decreasing
Arts and Culture Attendance 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Tourism Spending $1,419 2018 1 1
Increasing
Recreation Spending $80 2018 1 -1
Decreasing
Voter Registration Rate 83% 2018 3 1
Increasing
Voter Participation Rate 46% 2018 3 -1
Decreasing
Registered Library Borrowers 61% 2017 3 -1
Decreasing
Library Visits 5.9 2017 3 -1
Decreasing
Charitable Contributions as a Percentage of Income 1.7% 2017 2 0
Maintaining
Households Without Vehicles 10% 2014-18 3 0
Maintaining
Total Population 0.1% 2019 2 0
Maintaining
Population by Age 2014-18 0 10 Not Applicable*
Population by Race/Ethnicity 2014-18 0 10 Not Applicable*
Population by Age and Race/Ethnicity 2014-18 0 10 Not Applicable*
Disengaged Youth, Ages 16 to 19 6% 2014-18 3 -1
Decreasing
Median Household Income $57,350 2014-18 1 -1
Decreasing
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity 2014-18 0 10 Not Applicable*
People Living in Poverty 14% 2014-18 3 1
Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity 2014-18 0 10 Not Applicable*
Public Assistance Recipients 2.3% 2018 3 0
Maintaining
Approval Rate for Public Assistance Applications 25% 2018 0 -1
Decreasing
Households Receiving SNAP 14% 2014-18 3 1
Increasing
Households Receiving SNAP by Race/Ethnicity 2014-18 0 10 Not Applicable*
Tax Filers Receiving Earned Income Tax Credit 15% 2017 3 -1
Decreasing
EITC Dollars $175 2017 1 -1
Decreasing
Change in Total Jobs 1.3% 2018 2 1
Increasing
Change in Number of Business Establishments by Sector 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Change in Jobs by Sector 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Sector Shares of Regional Total Employment 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Unemployment Rate 4.1% 2019 2 0
Maintaining
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity 2014-18 0 10 Not Applicable*
Average Salary by Sector 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Change in Average Salary Since 2000 2.9% 2018 3 1
Increasing
Change in Average Salary Since 2000 by Sector 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Employment-to-Population Ratio 60% 2014-18 2 -1
Decreasing
Per-Capita Spending for Local Government $3,590 2018 0 1
Increasing
Prekindergarten Participation 45% 2018 2 1
Increasing
School Spending Per Student $22,703 2018 1 1
Increasing
Instructional Spending Per Student $16,363 2018 1 1
Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services 9% 2018 3 1
Increasing
Grade 3 English 44% 2019 2 1
Increasing
Grade 3 English by Student Subgroup 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 3 English by Race/Ethnicity 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 3 Math 49% 2019 2 1
Increasing
Grade 3 Math by Student Subgroup 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 3 Math by Race/Ethnicity 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 8 English 39% 2019 2 1
Increasing
Grade 8 English by Student Subgroup 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 8 English by Race/Ethnicity 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 8 Math 49% 2019 2 1
Increasing
Regents Algebra 1 73% 2019 3 1
Increasing
Regents English 83% 2019 2 1
Increasing
Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rate 86% 2019 3 1
Increasing
Cohort Graduation Rate, Beyond Four Years 88% 2019 3 1
Increasing
Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Education Levels of Adults 2014-18 0 10 Not Applicable*
Education Levels of Adults by Race/Ethnicity 2014-18 0 10 Not Applicable*
People Without Health Insurance 5% 2018 3 -1
Decreasing
Supply of Doctors 34.7 2017 1 1
Increasing
Mortality Rate 700 2017 1 -1
Decreasing
Chlamydia Rate 55 2018 3 1
Increasing
Chlamydia Rates, Race/Ethnicity, Monroe County 0 10 Not Applicable*
Gonorrhea Rate 18 2018 3 -1
Decreasing
Gonorrhea Rates, Race/Ethnicity, Monroe County 0 10 Not Applicable*
Early Syphilis Rates 1.8 2018 3 1
Increasing
Early Syphilis Rates within Monroe County, by Race/Ethnicity 0 10 Not Applicable*
People Living with HIV 106 2017 0 1
Increasing
People Living with HIV by Race/Ethnicity 2017 0 10 Not Applicable*
People Living with AIDS 138 2017 0 1
Increasing
People Living with AIDS by Race/Ethnicity 2017 0 10 Not Applicable*
Percent of Days with Good Air Quality 0 10 Not Applicable*
Alcohol-related Crashes 3.1 2018 2 -1
Decreasing
Median Home Value $135,915 2014-18 1 -1
Decreasing
Admissions to Substance Abuse Treatment by Primary Substance 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Median Rental Prices $855 2014-18 3 -1
Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners 2.4 2014-18 3 0
Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Homeowners by Race/Ethnicity 2014-18 0 10 Not Applicable*
Overall Housing Cost Burden 30% 2014-18 3 -1
Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Renters 34% 2014-18 3 10 Not Applicable*
Rent Burdened Households 50% 2014-18 3 -1
Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Renters by Race/Ethnicity 2014-18 0 10 Not Applicable*
Homeownership Rate 68% 2014-18 3 -1
Decreasing
Homeownership Rate by Race/Ethnicity 2014-18 0 10 Not Applicable*
Vacant Housing Units 10% 2014-18 3 1
Increasing
Homeless Persons 0 10 Not Applicable*
Serious Crimes 190 2018 1 -1
Decreasing
Violent Crimes 24 2018 3 1
Increasing
Victims of Domestic Violence 59 2018 0 -1
Decreasing
Incarceration Rates 13.2 2018 2 -1
Decreasing
Incarceration Rates, by Race/Ethnicity 2015 0 10 Not Applicable*
Arrest Rates 188.2 2018 3 -1
Decreasing
Arrest Rates, by Race/Ethnicity 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
*No or multiple regional values for this indicator


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