General Overview

Formed in 1823, Yates is the smallest county by population in the nine county Finger Lakes region. Situated in the southeast corner of the region and home to three of the Finger Lakes, the county’s economy relies heavily on agriculture and tourism, and has seen a significant boost in manufacturing jobs since 2001.

Yates is the least racially and ethnically diverse county in the Finger Lakes Region – with a population that is 97% white – but nonetheless has seen growth in its small Asian, African American, and Hispanic populations. Yates has one of the highest child poverty rates in the region.

The unemployment rate in Yates County has rebounded since the Great Recession. Though average salaries are relatively low, Yates was the only regional county in which median household income kept up with inflation since 2000.

See below to access the latest Yates County Report Card, or a summary table of "Hard Facts" impacting this particular part of our region.

Now available, view and print a summary of how Yates County is performing on ACT Rochester indicators.

Yates County Report Card

The Yates 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 covers each of ACT Rochester's nine topic groups. Click on the picture below for the full report.

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"Hard Facts" About Our Community

In 2017, ACT Rochester released its latest race report, “Hard Facts: Race and Ethnicity in the Nine-County Greater Rochester Area” to examine the substantial gaps in educational and economic outcomes among persons of different racial and ethnic backgrounds. The table below highlights some of the disparities currently impacting residents in Yates County.

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Note: Data research and analysis completed by the Center for Governmental Research