Community engagement is the extent to which individuals take responsibility for addressing civic issues and improving the life of their community. In all cases, comparisons to state statistics reflect the state excluding New York City.
Average levels of charitable giving are below the state and the nation.
In 2020, average charitable contributions in the Mid-Hudson Valley region ranged from approximately $12,900 in Columbia to $7,000 in Sullivan, below the statewide and national average of $12,000 and $15,900 respectively.
The region’s voter registration rates have remained steady at above 80%, yet they are persistently a bit lower than the state.
Between 2000 and 2021, the average voter registration rate was 83% for the Mid-Hudson region and 85% for the state. Of the region’s voting-age residents, 87% were registered in 2021, compared to 86% of the state overall.
Voter registration rates vary somewhat across the region. Columbia County’s registration rate has been equal to or greater than the statewide rate in every year except 2000. In 2021, Columbia County (95%) had the highest registration rate of the seven counties.
Voter turnout in the region approaches 64% in presidential election years, and is about even with the state rate.
In the 2020 presidential election, voter turnout in the region was on par with the state. Turnout was highest in Columbia (72%) and lowest in Sullivan County at 59%.
|INDICATORS||TREND | STATE|
|Children Living in Poverty||Increasing|
|Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity||Not Applicable|
|Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity||Not Applicable|
|Rate of Child Abuse and Neglect||Decreasing|
|Rate of Foster Care Admissions||Decreasing|
|Live Births to Teen Mothers||Decreasing|
|Juvenile Delinquency Intakes||Decreasing|
|Bullying at School||Decreasing|
|Average Charitable Giving||Increasing|
|Voter Registration Rate||Increasing|
|Voter Participation Rate||Increasing|
|Population by Age||Not Applicable|
|Population by Race/Ethnicity||Not Applicable|
|Household Types||Not Applicable|
|Change in Total Jobs||Increasing|
|Employment by Sector||Not Applicable|
|Spending for County Government||Increasing|
|Preschoolers Receiving Special Education Services||Increasing|
|Students Receiving Special Education Services||Increasing|
|Student Performance on Grade 4 English, by Economic Background||Not Applicable|
|Student Performance on Grade 4 English, by Race/Ethnicity||Not Applicable|
|Student Performance on Grade 4 Math, by Economic Background||Not Applicable|
|Student Performance on Grade 4 Math, by Race/Ethnicity||Not Applicable|
|High School Cohort Graduation Rate||Increasing|
|High School Cohort Dropout Rate||Decreasing|
|High School GED Rate||Decreasing|
|Plans of High School Graduates||Not Applicable|
|Education Levels of Adults||Not Applicable|
|Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity||Not Applicable|
|Median Household Income||Maintaining|
|Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity||Not Applicable|
|People Living in Poverty||Increasing|
|People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity||Not Applicable|
|Seniors Living in Poverty||Maintaining|
|Veterans Living in Poverty||Decreasing|
|Children Receiving Subsidized Child Care||Decreasing|
|Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch||Increasing|
|Earned Income Tax Credit Participation||Decreasing|
|People Without Health Insurance||Decreasing|
|Deaths from Drug Overdoses||Increasing|
|Living Wage Rate by Household Type||Not Applicable|
|Early Prenatal Care, by Mother's Race/Ethnicity||Not Applicable|
|Income in Relation to Poverty Level||Not Applicable|
|Babies with Low Birth Weights||Increasing|
|People Living wth HIV||Increasing|
|Mental Health Clinic Visits||Decreasing|
|Cost of Homeownership||Maintaining|
|Cost of Renting||Not Applicable|