It is important to understand the relationship between racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities, which are tightly intertwined. The chart shows that when looking at SES groups 2-5, the vast majority of the population is white. Within SES1, the white population is a bit less than half (46 percent), followed by African-Americans (34 percent) and Latinos (16 percent).
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.