Racial/Ethnic Populations by Socioeconomic Status
New York Finger Lakes Region (2015)
It is important to understand the relationship between racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities, which are tightly intertwined. As the chart indicates, while the white (not Latino) population is relatively well distributed across all 5 SES groups, the African-American and Latino populations are highly concentrated in the lowest SES ZIP codes.
The data for this analysis are from the nine Finger Lakes counties of Chemung, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne and Yates.
Methodology note: The SES index ranking was developed by Common Ground Health and calculated using a variety of socioeconomic indicators from the American Community Survey including average income, poverty rates, education levels, housing value, and homeownership. Each ZIP code is assigned a socioeconomic (SES) index ranking from 1 to 5. The lower SES ZIP codes tend to have lower average income, higher poverty rates, lower prevalence of college degrees, etc.
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