Socioeconomic Status (SES) by Zip Code

New York Finger Lakes Region

To enable analysis of socioeconomically-related health disparities, each ZIP code was assigned a socioeconomic status (SES) ranking with 1 being the lowest SES and 5 the highest. The SES rankings are indexed to upstate New York and are based on a variety of socioeconomic indicators from the American Community Survey including average income, poverty rates, education levels, housing value and homeownership. The lower SES ZIP codes tend to have lower average income, higher poverty rates, lower prevalence of college degrees, etc.

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.

Socioeconomic Status (SES) by Zip Code chart