The Mid-Hudson Valley is a healthy region of New York, outperforming state trends on several key measures. Despite a decline in 2009, the region’s economy has continued to grow over the past decade and poverty levels are lower than both state and national averages. Education levels among adults have been rising steadily, and the region is continuing to see declines in crime rates and residents without health insurance.
The region also faces several challenges that demand to be addressed. Housing continues to grow more unaffordable while median household income is decreasing. In addition, academic performance disparities continue to be seen along racial and ethnic divides, despite large increases in educational funding.
The overviews and data presented in this report serve to highlight positive characteristics that the region continues to develop, as well as note the challenges that the community faces, in hopes of helping the community set a firm foundation for continued growth.