Using the Site
The website has been designed with the intention of facilitating use of the data. We encourage you to download the data tables, create your own charts, and use the materials presented throughout the site. Each indicator will provide you with the opportunity to download the data, email the indicator, or print the complete indicator (including analysis, chart and data tables) into a PDF document. You can also save the chart image by right–clicking with your mouse and saving the image. The data comparison tool allows you to move between the four profiles (Region, Dutchess, Orange and Ulster) for additional analysis on each indicator in the specific geographic location.
The Mid–Hudson Valley Community Profiles project provides data for 59 indicators grouped into 9 main topics. Each indicator is composed of three tabbed sections: Analysis, Chart, and Data Tables.
Analysis is presented on the main tab of each indicator and includes the following sections:
What does this measure?
Provides the definition of the indicator.
Why is this important?
Describes the significance of the indicator.
How is our region/county performing?
Describes how the region or one of the three project counties has fared on the indicator over a number of years and shows comparisons to the state and nation when available.
Notes about the data
Provides information about the data including how calculations were done, changes in reporting or data collection methods, or other caveats to be aware of when interpreting the data.
Each indicator includes a chart tab that typically displays data for the project counties, state and nation. Depending on the indicator, data may not be available for all geographic locations for every year.
The data table tab provides detailed breakdowns for each of the geographies, including data for the counties, state, and nation, when possible. For most indicators, you can find a table showing the rates and percentages used to make the chart for the indicator, as well as a table showing the raw numbers upon which calculations were based.
Data tables present data for the most recent year available as well as historical data, typically going back at least to 2000, for trending purposes.
To assist in interpreting the indicators, a summary of overall trends is presented for each of the 8 topics. The topic trends can be found on the left menu bar on the main topic pages.
The Regional Overview is a summary of key trends from all of the topics. As a "state of the region," this section highlights the most important indicators and trends to provide an overall picture of what is happening in the three–county region of Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster.
Data Comparison Tool
The data comparison tool is available throughout the site on the bottom tool bar as a map image of the Mid–Hudson Valley project counties. To view an indicator in a different geographic location, simply select the county on the map and the corresponding indicator will be displayed for the chosen location. If comparable data are not available in the selected geographic location, the county will not highlight or allow the selection. If preferred, the data comparison tool bar can also be hidden from view by clicking on “hide tools” in the bottom left–hand corner.
Caveats about Accuracy
CGR has been very careful in collecting, analyzing, and presenting data from a variety of sources. Although CGR has judged its data sources to be reliable, it was not possible to authenticate all data. If careful users of the website discover data errors or typographical errors, CGR welcomes this feedback and will incorporate corrections into the data updates. Please contact CGR directly with such information at
(585) 325–6360 or by email.
The following PowerPoint pesentation introduces the website.