Rensselaer County, NY

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2019 Population
159,185
0.154% 1-year decline
US Senator
Chuck Schumer
Democratic Party
US Senator
Kirsten Gillibrand
Democratic Party
2019 Median Age
39.8
0.251% 1-year decrease
2019 Poverty Rate
11.7%
2.52% 1-year decrease
2019 Median Household Income
$68,991
4.77% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$188,700
1.94% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
81,515
0.635% 1-year growth

About

In 2019, Rensselaer County, NY had a population of 159k people with a median age of 39.8 and a median household income of $68,991. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Rensselaer County, NY declined from 159,431 to 159,185, a −0.154% decrease and its median household income grew from $65,851 to $68,991, a 4.77% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Rensselaer County, NY are White (Non-Hispanic) (83.2%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (5.98%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.9%), White (Hispanic) (2.85%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (2.68%). 0% of the households in Rensselaer County, NY speak a non-English language at home as their primary language.

97.4% of the residents in Rensselaer County, NY are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Rensselaer County, NY are Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1,875 degrees awarded in 2019), Hudson Valley Community College (1,818 degrees), and Russell Sage College (798 degrees).

In 2019, the median property value in Rensselaer County, NY was $188,700, and the homeownership rate was 62.8%. Most people in Rensselaer County, NY drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 23.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Rensselaer County, NY was 2 cars per household.

Diversity

Rensselaer County, NY is home to a population of 159k people, from which 97.4% are citizens. As of 2019, 5.19% of Rensselaer County, NY residents were born outside of the country (8.26k people).

In 2019, there were 13.9 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (132k people) in Rensselaer County, NY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 9.52k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 4.62k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Rensselaer County, NY
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    132k ± 127
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    9.52k ± 467
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    4.62k ± 493
4.93%
Hispanic Population
7.84k people

In 2019, there were 13.9 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (132k people) in Rensselaer County, NY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 9.52k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 4.62k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

4.93% of the people in Rensselaer County, NY are hispanic (7.84k people).

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

5.19%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
8.26k people
4.87%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
7.77k people

As of 2019, 5.19% of Rensselaer County, NY residents (8.26k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Rensselaer County, NY was 4.87%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Dominican Republic
    501,381 ± 17,160 people
  2. China
    407,244 ± 15,504 people
  3. Jamaica
    231,289 ± 11,737 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of New York was Dominican Republic, the natal country of 501,381 New York residents, followed by China with 407,244 and Jamaica with 231,289.

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Citizenship

97.4%
2019 Citizenship
97.6%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 97.4% of Rensselaer County, NY residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Rensselaer County, NY was 97.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    3,556 ± 295
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    1,289 ± 252
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    980 ± 209

Rensselaer County, NY has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.76 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Y-Axis

This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in New York, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in New York. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in New York.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of New York across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Economy

Median household income in Rensselaer County, NY is $68,991. In 2019, the tract with the highest median household income in Rensselaer County, NY was Census Tract 524.02 with a value of $134,750, followed by Census Tract 522.04 and Census Tract 522.01, with respective values of $101,619 and $99,897.

Males in New York have an average income that is 1.29 times higher than the average income of females, which is $64,156. The income inequality in New York (measured using the Gini index) is 0.497, which is higher than than the national average.

The economy of Rensselaer County, NY employs 81.5k people. The largest industries in Rensselaer County, NY are Health Care & Social Assistance (12,120 people), Educational Services (9,629 people), and Public Administration (8,513 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($80,903), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($67,508), and Management of Companies & Enterprises ($59,375).

Wages

Median Household Income

$68,991
2019 value
± $1,561
4.77%
1 Year Growth
± 3.36%

Households in Rensselaer County, NY have a median annual income of $68,991, which is more than the median annual income of $65,712 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $65,851 in 2018, which represents a 4.77% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$82,820
Average Male Salary in New York
± $1,244
$64,156
Average Female Salary in New York
± $901

In 2019, full-time male employees in New York made 1.29 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in New York by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in New York
  1. White
    $70,295 ± $914
  2. Asian
    $67,983 ± $2,497
  3. Two or More Races
    $52,655 ± $3,563

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of New York workers was White. These workers were paid 1.03 times more than Asian workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in New York.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Rensselaer County, NY is from New York.
0.497
2019 Wage GINI in New York
0.498
2018 Wage GINI in New York

In 2019, the income inequality in New York was 0.497 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.174% decline from 2018 to 2019, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for New York was higher than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in New York in comparison to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 524.02
  2. Census Tract 522.04
  3. Census Tract 522.01

In 2019, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Rensselaer County, NY was Census Tract 524.02 with a value of $134,750, followed by Census Tract 522.04 and Census Tract 522.01, with respective values of $101,619 and $99,897.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

11.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Rensselaer County, NY (18k out of 153k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.3%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Males 18 - 24.

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.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. White
    12,631 ± 769
  2. Black
    2,771 ± 360
  3. Hispanic
    2,256 ± 323

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.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

81.5k
2019 Value
± 1,925
0.635%
1 Year growth
± 3.29%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Rensselaer County, NY grew at a rate of 0.635%, from 81k employees to 81.5k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Rensselaer County, NY, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (11,827 people), Management Occupations (8,346 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (6,741 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Rensselaer County, NY.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Rensselaer County, NY, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (11,827 people), Management Occupations (8,346 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (6,741 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Rensselaer County, NY has an unusually high number of residents working as Architecture & Engineering Occupations (1.52 times higher than expected), Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (1.46 times), and Legal Occupations (1.28 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Rensselaer County, NY, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($93,142), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($79,385), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($74,982).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

81.5k
2019 Value
± 1,925
0.635%
1 Year growth
± 3.29%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Rensselaer County, NY grew at a rate of 0.635%, from 81k employees to 81.5k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Rensselaer County, NY, are Health Care & Social Assistance (12,120 people), Educational Services (9,629 people), and Public Administration (8,513 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.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Rensselaer County, NY, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (12,120 people), Educational Services (9,629 people), and Public Administration (8,513 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Rensselaer County, NY has an unusually high number of Public Administration (2.26 times higher than expected), Educational Services (1.27 times), and Utilities (1.21 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Rensselaer County, NY, by median earnings, are Utilities ($80,903), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($67,508), and Management of Companies & Enterprises ($59,375).

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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. $125B
  2. $81.4B
  3. $68B

In 2018, the top outbound New York product (by dollars) was Misc. mfg. prods. with $125B, followed by Mixed freight ($81.4B) and Electronics ($68B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$785B
2018 Value in New York
$1.85T
Projected 2045 Value in New York
135% growth

In 2018, total outbound New York trade was $785B. This is expected to increase 135% to $1.85T by 2045.

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

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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. $54B
  2. $46.7B
  3. $28.6B

In 2018, the top outbound New York domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New Jersey with $54B, followed by Pennsylvania with $46.7B and California and $28.6B.

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

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Rensselaer County, NY went to Donald J. Trump with 47.1% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (45.7%), followed by Other (7.15%). The most partisan county was Bronx County, NY with 88.5% of the vote going to Hillary Rodham Clinton running for the Democratic Party.

Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are the senators currently representing the state of New York. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

New York is currently represented by 27 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Rensselaer County, NY
47.1% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in New York
  1. 88.5% for Hillary Rodham Clinton (Democratic Party)
  2. 86.6% for Hillary Rodham Clinton (Democratic Party)
  3. 79.5% for Hillary Rodham Clinton (Democratic Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in New York was Bronx County, NY with 88.5% of the vote going to Hillary Rodham Clinton running for the Democratic Party.

The following map shows the counties in New York colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from New York

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Chuck Schumer
Senator from New York3
Assumed office on January 3, 1999
Kirsten Gillibrand
Senator from New York1
Assumed office on January 26, 2009
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of Hillary Clinton, who had become Secretary of State.

Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are the senators currently representing New York.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in New York over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from New York

New York is currently represented by 27 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for New York have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2019, universities in Rensselaer County, NY awarded 4,550 degrees. The student population of Rensselaer County, NY is skewed towards men, with 10,836 male students and 9,692 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Rensselaer County, NY are White (2,975 and 71.7%), followed by Asian (308 and 7.42%), Black or African American (284 and 6.84%), and Hispanic or Latino (278 and 6.7%).

The largest universities in Rensselaer County, NY by number of degrees awarded are Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1,875 and 41.2%), Hudson Valley Community College (1,818 and 40%), and Russell Sage College (798 and 17.5%).

The most popular majors in Rensselaer County, NY are General Business Administration & Management (367 and 8.07%), Computer Science (245 and 5.38%), and Registered Nursing (234 and 5.14%).

The median tuition cost in Rensselaer County, NY for private four year colleges is $42,192.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 115 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 197 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 191 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Rensselaer County, NY was Chemical Engineering with 115 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 1,875 degrees awarded
  2. 1,818 degrees awarded
  3. 798 degrees awarded
$42,192
Median Private

In 2019, the Rensselaer County, NY institution with the largest number of graduating students was Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with 1,875 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

2,339
Degrees Awarded to Men
2,211
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2019, 2,339 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Rensselaer County, NY, which is 1.06 times more than the 2,211 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.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    2,975 degrees awarded
  2. Asian
    308 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    284 degrees awarded

In 2019 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Rensselaer County, NY was White students. These 2,975 degrees mean that there were 9.66 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 308 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Rensselaer County, NY was $188,700 in 2019, which is 0.785 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $185,100 to $188,700, a 1.94% increase. The homeownership rate in Rensselaer County, NY is 62.8%, which is lower than the national average of 64.1%. People in Rensselaer County, NY have an average commute time of 23.8 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Rensselaer County, NY is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$188,700
2019 Median
± $2,572
$185,100
2018 Median
± $2,875

In 2019, the median property value in Rensselaer County, NY grew to to $188,700 from the previous year's value of $185,100.

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.

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Household Income

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$68,991
Median Household Income
± $1,561
64.9k
Number of Households
± 1,674

In 2019, the median household income of the 64.9k households in Rensselaer County, NY grew to $68,991 from the previous year's value of $65,851.

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.

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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.

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Rent vs Own

62.8%
2019 Homeownership
63.1%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 62.8% of the housing units in Rensselaer County, NY were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 63.1%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 64.1%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Rensselaer County, NY compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

23.8 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Rensselaer County, NY have a shorter commute time (23.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.93% of the workforce in Rensselaer County, NY have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (80.2%)
  2. Carpooled (8.41%)
  3. Worked At Home (3.82%)

In 2019, 80.2% of workers in Rensselaer County, NY drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.41%) and those who worked at home (3.82%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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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 false.

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Health

96.3% of the population of Rensselaer County, NY has health coverage, with 55.9% on employee plans, 15.9% on Medicaid, 12.9% on Medicare, 10.6% on non-group plans, and 0.982% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in New York 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 2098 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.44% increase from the previous year (2048 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2204 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 586 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Orleans County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (15.7%). Additionally, Chenango County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.3%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2,098 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Rensselaer County, NY

Primary care physicians in Rensselaer County, NY see an average of 2,098 patients per year. This represents a 2.44% increase from the previous year (2,048 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 its neighboring geographies.

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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.

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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.

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Health Care Spending

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$9,778
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in New York
$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.

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Health Care Coverage

3.74%
Uninsured
55.9%
Employer Coverage
15.9%
Medicaid
12.9%
Medicare
10.6%
Non-Group
0.982%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Rensselaer County, NY declined by 11.9% from 4.25% to 3.74%.

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.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 15.7% prevalence
  2. 14.3% prevalence
  3. 14.2% prevalence

Orleans County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in New York, at 15.7%.

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

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