Rensselaer County, NY

Add Comparison

Population

159,800

0.0994% decline

Median Age

39.9


Median Household Income

$63,166

2.29% growth

Poverty Rate

12.6%


Number of Employees

80,468

0.285% growth

Median Property Value

$183,400

1.49% growth

About

In 2017, Rensselaer County, NY had a population of 160k people with a median age of 39.9 and a median household income of $63,166. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Rensselaer County, NY declined from 159,959 to 159,800, a -0.0994% decrease and its median household income grew from $61,754 to $63,166, a 2.29% increase.

The population of Rensselaer County, NY is 83.9% White Alone, 5.89% Black or African American Alone, and 4.63% Hispanic or Latino. 6.86% of the people in Rensselaer County, NY speak a non-English language, and 97.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Rensselaer County, NY are Hudson Valley Community College (1,929 degrees awarded in 2016), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1,817 degrees), and The Sage Colleges (876 degrees).

The median property value in Rensselaer County, NY is $183,400, and the homeownership rate is 63.4%. Most people in Rensselaer County, NY commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 23.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Rensselaer County, NY is 2 cars per household.

About the photo: Albany, NY

Economy

The economy of Rensselaer County, NY employs 80.5k people. The largest industries in Rensselaer County, NY are Health Care & Social Assistance (12,360 people), Educational Services (9,303 people), and Public Administration (8,535 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($72,167), Utilities ($69,583), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($63,237).

Median household income in Rensselaer County, NY is $63,166. Males in Rensselaer County, NY have an average income that is 1.3 times higher than the average income of females, which is $59,246. The income inequality in Rensselaer County, NY (measured using the Gini index) is 0.499, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$63,166

2017 value

± $1,695

2.29%

1 Year Growth

± 3.39%

Households in Rensselaer County, NY have a median annual income of $63,166, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $61,754 in 2016, which represents a 2.29% annual growth.

Look at the chart to see how the median household income in Rensselaer County, NY compares to that of it's neighboring and parent geographies.

View Data
Save Image
Add Data to Cart

Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

The PUMS dataset is not available at the county level, so we are showing data for the New York.

$76,804

Average Male Salary

± $1,164

$59,246

Average Female Salary

± $829

In 2017, full-time male employees in Rensselaer County, NY made 1.3 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Rensselaer County, NY by number of full-time employees.

View Data
Save Image
Add Data to Cart

Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

The PUMS dataset is not available at the county level, so we are showing data for the New York.

Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. White

    $65,105 ± $849

  2. Asian

    $62,456 ± $2,350

  3. Two or More Races

    $46,207 ± $3,026

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Rensselaer County, NY workers was White. These workers were paid 1.04 times more than Asian workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Rensselaer County, NY by number of full-time employees.

View Data
Save Image
Add Data to Cart

Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Rensselaer County, NY is from New York.

0.499

2017 Wage GINI

0.497

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in New York was 0.499 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.362% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for New York was higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in New York in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in New York across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

View Data
Save Image
Add Data to Cart

Income by Location

Use the dropdown to filter by race/ethnicity.

Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 524.02

  2. Census Tract 522.04

  3. Census Tract 520.03

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Rensselaer County, NY was Census Tract 524.02 with a value of $106,786, followed by Census Tract 522.04 and Census Tract 520.03, with respective values of $92,000 and $89,266.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Rensselaer County, NY colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

View Data
Save Image
Add Data to Cart

Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

12.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Rensselaer County, NY (19.3k out of 154k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Females 35 - 44.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

View Data
Save Image
Add Data to Cart

Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    13,297 ± 774

  2. Black

    3,547 ± 395

  3. Hispanic

    2,059 ± 294

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Rensselaer County, NY is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

View Data
Save Image
Add Data to Cart

Occupations

Employment by Occupations

80.5k

2017 Value

± 1,781

0.285%

1 Year growth

± 3.17%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Rensselaer County, NY grew at a rate of 0.285%, from 80.2k employees to 80.5k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Rensselaer County, NY, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (12,544 people), Management Occupations (8,376 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (7,099 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Rensselaer County, NY.

View Data
Save Image
Add Data to Cart

Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Rensselaer County, NY, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (12,544 people), Management Occupations (8,376 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (7,099 people).

View Data
Save Image
Add Data to Cart
View Data
Save Image
Add Data to Cart

Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Rensselaer County, NY has an unusually high number of residents working as Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (1.53 times higher than expected), Architecture & Engineering Occupations (1.32 times), and Legal Occupations (1.2 times).

View Data
Save Image
Add Data to Cart
View Data
Save Image
Add Data to Cart

Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Rensselaer County, NY, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($78,672), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($73,750), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($72,955).

View Data
Save Image
Add Data to Cart
View Data
Save Image
Add Data to Cart

Industries

Employment by Industries

80.5k

2017 Value

± 1,781

0.285%

1 Year growth

± 3.17%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Rensselaer County, NY grew at a rate of 0.285%, from 80.2k employees to 80.5k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Rensselaer County, NY, are Health Care & Social Assistance (12,360 people), Educational Services (9,303 people), and Public Administration (8,535 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Rensselaer County, NY, though some of these residents may live in Rensselaer County, NY and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

View Data
Save Image
Add Data to Cart

Most Common

The most common industries in Rensselaer County, NY, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (12,360 people), Educational Services (9,303 people), and Public Administration (8,535 people).

View Data
Save Image
Add Data to Cart
View Data
Save Image
Add Data to Cart

Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Rensselaer County, NY has an unusually high number of Public Administration (2.27 times higher than expected), Utilities (1.35 times), and Educational Services (1.25 times) industries.

View Data
Save Image
Add Data to Cart
View Data
Save Image
Add Data to Cart

Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Rensselaer County, NY, by median earnings, are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($72,167), Utilities ($69,583), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($63,237).

View Data
Save Image
Add Data to Cart
View Data
Save Image
Add Data to Cart

Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from New York to other states, or from other states to New York.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $67.6B

  2. $47.2B

  3. $45.3B

In 2015, the top outbound New York product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $67.6B, followed by Electronics with $47.2B and Misc. mfg. prods. and $45.3B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound New York products.

View Data
Save Image
Add Data to Cart

Domestic Trade Growth

Showing data for New York state.

$570B

2015 Value

$854B

Projected 2045 Value

49.9% growth

In 2015, total outbound New York trade was $570B. This is expected to increase 49.9% to $854B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound New York trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

View Data
Save Image
Add Data to Cart

Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from New York to other states, or from other states to New York.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $34.6B

  2. $29.6B

  3. $18.8B

In 2015, the top outbound New York domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New Jersey with $34.6B, followed by Pennsylvania with $29.6B and Connecticut and $18.8B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that New York shares with each state (excluding itself).

View Data
Save Image
Add Data to Cart

Health

95.2% of the population of Rensselaer County, NY has health coverage, with 56.3% on employee plans, 15.7% on Medicaid, 11.9% on Medicare, 10.5% on non-group plans, and 0.866% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Rensselaer County, NY was $9,778 in 2014. This is a 4.57% increase from the previous year ($9,351).

Primary care physicians in Rensselaer County, NY see 1908 patients per year on average, which represents a 4.46% decrease from the previous year (1997 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2255 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 673 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Oswego County and Bronx County have the highest prevalence of diabetes (12.2%). Additionally, Chemung County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (33.3%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1908 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Rensselaer County, NY see an average of 1908 patients per year. This represents a 4.46% decrease from the previous year (1997 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Rensselaer County, NY in comparison to neighboring states.

View Data
Save Image
Add Data to Cart

Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

View Data
Save Image
Add Data to Cart

Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

View Data
Save Image
Add Data to Cart

Health Care Spending

Data is only available at the state level. Showing data for New York.

$9,778

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$5,338

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,803

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$12,179

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in New York (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.57%, from $9,351 to $9,778.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

View Data
Save Image
Add Data to Cart

Health Care Coverage

4.77%

Uninsured

56.3%

Employer Coverage

15.7%

Medicaid

11.9%

Medicare

10.5%

Non-Group

0.866%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Rensselaer County, NY declined by 9.71% from 5.29% to 4.77%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Rensselaer County, NY changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

View Data
Save Image
Add Data to Cart

Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 12.2% prevalence

  2. 12.2% prevalence

  3. 12% prevalence

Oswego County and Bronx County have the highest prevalence of diabetes in New York, at 12.2%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in New York by county over multiple years.

View Data
Save Image
Add Data to Cart

Diversity

Rensselaer County, NY is home to a population of 160k people, from which 97.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 4.9% of Rensselaer County, NY residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Rensselaer County, NY is composed of 134k White Alone residents (83.9%), 9.41k Black or African American Alone residents (5.89%), 7.39k Hispanic or Latino residents (4.63%), 4.59k Two or More Races residents (2.87%), 3.96k Asian Alone residents (2.47%), 381 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.238%), 61 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.0382%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Rensselaer County, NY are Spanish or Spanish Creole (4,159 speakers), Chinese (1,067 speakers), and French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) (561 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

40

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

41

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.9

In 2017, the median age of all people in Rensselaer County, NY was 39.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 40, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 41. But people in Rensselaer County, NY are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Rensselaer County, NY residents was 40.

View Data
Save Image
Add Data to Cart

Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

4.9%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

4.74%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 4.9% of Rensselaer County, NY residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Rensselaer County, NY was 4.74%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

The following chart shows the percentage of foreign-born residents in Rensselaer County, NY compared to that of it's neighboring and parent geographies.

View Data
Save Image
Add Data to Cart

Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Dominican Republic

    505,406 ± 17,230 people

  2. China

    402,542 ± 15,418 people

  3. Jamaica

    239,917 ± 11,952 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Rensselaer County, NY was Dominican Republic, the natal country of 505,406 Rensselaer County, NY residents, followed by China with 402,542 and Jamaica with 239,917.

View Data
Save Image
Add Data to Cart

Citizenship

97.7%

2017 Citizenship

97.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.7% of Rensselaer County, NY residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Rensselaer County, NY was 97.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

The following chart shows US citizenship percentages in Rensselaer County, NY compared to that of it's neighboring and parent geographies.

View Data
Save Image
Add Data to Cart

Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    134k ± 114

  2. Black or African American Alone

    9.41k ± 499

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    7.39k ± 677

In 2017, there were 14.2 times more White Alone residents (134k people) in Rensselaer County, NY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 9.41k Black or African American Alone and 7.39k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Rensselaer County, NY as a share of the total population.

View Data
Save Image
Add Data to Cart

Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    4,159 speakers (2.75%)

  2. Chinese

    1,067 speakers (0.706%)

  3. French (Incl. Patois, Cajun)

    561 speakers (0.371%)

6.86% of Rensselaer County, NY citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Rensselaer County, NY was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 2.75% of the overall population of Rensselaer County, NY are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.706% speak Chinese and 0.371% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

View Data
Save Image
Add Data to Cart

Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    3,489 ± 297

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    1,304 ± 251

  3. Korea

    938 ± 178

Rensselaer County, NY has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.68 times greater than any other conflict.

View Data
Save Image
Add Data to Cart

Education

In 2016, universities in Rensselaer County, NY awarded 4,698 degrees. The student population of Rensselaer County, NY is skewed towards men, with 11,549 male students and 10,256 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Rensselaer County, NY are White (3,236 and 74%), followed by Asian (290 and 6.63%), Black or African American (267 and 6.1%), and Hispanic or Latino (239 and 5.46%).

The largest universities in Rensselaer County, NY by number of degrees awarded are Hudson Valley Community College (1,929 and 41.1%), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1,817 and 38.7%), and The Sage Colleges (876 and 18.6%).

The most popular majors in Rensselaer County, NY are General Business Administration & Management (396 and 8.43%), Mechanical Engineering (241 and 5.13%), and General Studies (234 and 4.98%).

The median tuition costs in Rensselaer County, NY are $38,463 for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Rensselaer County, NY was Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Administration with 144 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Rensselaer County, NY according to their major.

View Data
Save Image
Add Data to Cart

Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,929 degrees awarded

  2. 1,817 degrees awarded

  3. 876 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$38,463

Median Private

In 2016, the Rensselaer County, NY institution with the largest number of graduating students was Hudson Valley Community College with 1,929 degrees awarded.

View Data
Save Image
Add Data to Cart
View Data
Save Image
Add Data to Cart

Student Gender for Common Institutions

2,464

Degrees Awarded to Men

2,234

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 2,464 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Rensselaer County, NY, which is 1.1 times more than the 2,234 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Rensselaer County, NY by degrees awarded.

View Data
Save Image
Add Data to Cart

Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    3,236 degrees awarded

  2. Asian

    290 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    267 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Rensselaer County, NY were to White students. These 3,236 degrees mean that there were 11.2 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 290 degrees awarded.

View Data
Save Image
Add Data to Cart

Housing & Living

The median property value in Rensselaer County, NY was $183,400 in 2017, which is 0.843 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $180,700 to $183,400, a 1.49% increase. The homeownership rate in Rensselaer County, NY is 63.4%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Rensselaer County, NY have an average commute time of 23.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Rensselaer County, NY is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.

$63,166

Median Household Income

± $1,695

64.5k

Number of Households

± 1,640

In 2017, the median household income of the 64.5k households in Rensselaer County, NY grew to $63,166 from the previous year's value of $61,754.

The following chart displays the households in Rensselaer County, NY distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

View Data
Save Image
Add Data to Cart

Housing

Property Value

$183,400

2017 Median

± $2,983

$180,700

2016 Median

± $3,105

In 2017, the median property value in Rensselaer County, NY grew to to $183,400 from the previous year's value of $180,700.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Rensselaer County, NY compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Rensselaer County, NY the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

View Data
Save Image
Add Data to Cart
View Data
Save Image
Add Data to Cart

Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Rensselaer County, NY distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Rensselaer County, NY the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

View Data
Save Image
Add Data to Cart

Rent vs Own

63.4%

2017 Homeownership

64.1%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 63.4% of the housing units in Rensselaer County, NY were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 64.1%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Rensselaer County, NY compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

View Data
Save Image
Add Data to Cart

Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Rensselaer County, NY distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Rensselaer County, NY have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

View Data
Save Image
Add Data to Cart

Commute Time

23.6 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Rensselaer County, NY have a shorter commute time (23.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.01% of the workforce in Rensselaer County, NY have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

The chart below shows how the median household income in Rensselaer County, NY compares to that of it's neighboring and parent geographies.

View Data
Save Image
Add Data to Cart
View Data
Save Image
Add Data to Cart

Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    80.7%

  2. Carpooled

    8.4%

  3. Walked

    3.67%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Rensselaer County, NY was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Walked.

View Data
Save Image
Add Data to Cart