Median Household Income
What does this measure?
Median household income, inflated to 2015 dollars. Half of incomes are below the median and half are above.
Why is this important?
Median household income is a gauge of overall economic health of Dutchess County and the financial resources of households.
How is Dutchess County performing?
The median household income in Dutchess County was $71,900 in 2011-15, higher than the median household income for the Mid-Hudson Valley, the state (excluding NYC) and the nation. Dutchess's median income was the highest of the three regional counties. When adjusted for inflation, median income in Dutchess fell $3,600 from 2000 through 2011-15, slightly less than the regional decline of $3,800 and much lower than the declines experienced at the statewide ($4,700) and national ($5,900) level. Dutchess's income remained steady from 2000 to 2006-10 before falling by $4,000 from 2006-10 to 2011-15.
The local municipalities in Dutchess with the highest median incomes were East Fishkill ($101,400) and LaGrange ($102,000), and the local municipalities with the lowest median incomes were Red Hook village ($50,200), and Poughkeepsie ($39,000).
Notes about the data
FFigures for the region were calculated by aggregating county medians based on each county's share of the region's population. Data are presented in 2015 dollars. The multiyear figures are from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The bureau combined five years of responses to the survey to provide estimates for smaller geographic areas and increase the precision of its estimates. However, because the information came from a survey, the samples responding to the survey were not always large enough to produce reliable results, especially in small geographic areas. CGR has noted on data tables the estimates with relatively large margins of error. Estimates with three asterisks have the largest margins, plus or minus 50% or more of the estimate. Two asterisks mean plus or minus 35%-50%, and one asterisk means plus or minus 20%-35%. For all estimates, the confidence level is 90%, meaning there is 90% probability the true value (if the whole population were surveyed) would be within the margin of error (or confidence interval). The survey provides data on characteristics of the population that used to be collected only during the decennial census. Data for this indicator are expected to be released in the fourth quarter.