Economic Security

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau

What does this measure?

The proportion of households that participates in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps).

Why is this important?

The SNAP program provides government funding for low-income people to buy food. It therefore is an indication of how many people in a region rely on government assistance to meet their basic needs.

How is our region performing?

In 2013-17, 14% of households received SNAP, up from 12% in 2008-12 and close to the national rate of 13% and the state rate of 15%. The highest rate among counties in the region was in Orleans, where 17% of households received SNAP, and Ontario had the lowest rate at 10%. Rates were higher in the region's cities: 35% in Rochester, 23% in Geneva and 23% in Batavia, though only 13% of households in Canandaigua received the assistance. Most places had an increase from 2008-12 of a few percentage points.

Notes about the data

The multiyear figures are from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS). Studies have found that ACS estimates of enrollment in public benefit programs tend to underestimate the true rate. The estimates reported above should be considered a lower bound of the true estimate. The bureau combined five years of responses to the survey to provide estimates for smaller geographic areas and increase the precision of its estimates. However, because the information came from a survey, the samples responding to the survey were not always large enough to produce reliable results, especially in small geographic areas. CGR has noted on data tables the estimates with relatively large margins of error. Estimates with three asterisks have the largest margins, plus or minus 50% or more of the estimate. Two asterisks mean plus or minus 35%-50%, and one asterisk means plus or minus 20%-35%. For all estimates, the confidence level is 90%, meaning there is 90% probability the true value (if the whole population were surveyed) would be within the margin of error (or confidence interval). The survey provides data on characteristics of the population that used to be collected only during the decennial census. Data for this indicator are expected to be released in December.

Households Receiving SNAP
2008-122013-17
United States11%13%
NYS13%15%
NYS (excluding NYC)10%11%
Region12%14%
Monroe13%15%
Surrounding Counties10%12%
Genesee9%12%
Livingston10%14%
Ontario8%10%
Orleans14%17%
Seneca9%12%
Wayne11%11%
Wyoming9%11%
Yates12%12%
Rochester31%35%
Batavia16%23%
Canandaigua14%*13%
Geneva16%23%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.




Number of Households Receiving SNAP
2008-122013-17
United States13,180,71015,029,498
NYS976,0111,110,617
NYS (excluding NYC)404,123476,981
Region55,22167,194
Monroe37,06345,298
Surrounding Counties18,15821,896
Genesee2,2232,943
Livingston2,3793,299
Ontario3,5794,324
Orleans2,2842,755
Seneca1,1931,618
Wayne3,9804,196
Wyoming1,3451,663
Yates1,1751,098
Rochester26,54630,095
Batavia1,0491,372
Canandaigua690*625
Geneva8111,087

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.











Worse than NYS by 10% or more
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INDICATORS - Grouped by Topic REGIONAL VALUE YEAR NYS COMPARISON TREND | REGION
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Worse than NYS by 10% or more
Up to 10% worse than NYS
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