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William R. Steinhaus
Dutchess County Executive
Telephone:  (845) 486-2000
, FAX: (845) 486-2021, , FAX: (845) 486-2021,

May 23, 2002

County Executive Comments on Economic Progress as
Revealed in the Latest Census Release


Poughkeepsie….. The Census Bureau released Demographic Profiles for New York State today, with selected information from the Census 2000 long form.  Data for Dutchess County shows annual income averages, educational attainment figures and employment figures meet or exceed the figures for New York State as a whole.

According to Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus, “New demographic profile information shows Dutchess County has continued to grow, while importantly maintaining all the qualities that make our County a location of choice and such a desirable place to live and raise a family.  Impressive is our high percentage of high school and college graduates, a high level of employment and incomes.  Income figures for 2000 show the median family in Dutchess County is at $63,254 up from $49,305 in 1990 a notable increase of over 28%.”

"Especially important,” said the Executive, “Per capita income including full and part time wage earners, grew from $17,420 to $23,940 between 1990-2000, an increase of over 37%.  Among full-time workers, data shows women in the workplace are doing better than 10 years ago with wages improving by 36.5% over the decade.”

Our multi-dimensional job development strategies have certainly been successful as evidenced that management, professional and related occupations made up 38.4% of the local workforce in 2000, with sales and office jobs accounting for 25.3% and services totaling 15.6%. Our success filling over 7 million square feet of commercial space over recent years and our success diversifying our job and business base also shows up in the census data.  Wages in these sectors are strong.  Especially impressive are results showing large increases in various wage levels above $75,000 annually and an actual decrease in each income category below the $75,000 level.   The number of workers at the low end, below $25,000 annually, decreased by 24.8%, from 11,174 in 1990 to 8,405 in 2000.  Not surprisingly, the number of people working at home increased by 39.2%, to become 3.2% of the total workforce. 

Corresponding to the high level of professional jobs, educational attainment improved over the decade.  Our leadership and focus on our workforce development and skills development to compete in the global marketplace also is evidenced in the numbers.  The percentage of high school graduates increased from 79.8% to 84% in ten years; the percent with Bachelor’s degrees grew from 24.8 to 27.6 % and; graduate level respondents grew from 10.1 to almost 12%.

“The economic data proves our county policies are working and we have been doing a good job of providing economic stability and opportunity for our residents,” Steinhaus said.  “I am encouraged that our aggressive strategies for economic and job development following the extensive downsizing of IBM in 1993 have clearly paid off for the families of Dutchess.”

The newly released figures also show a shift in the way residents of Dutchess County get to work.  Eighty-eight percent of the workers go to work in a private automobile, and the vast majority (78.5%) are by themselves.  Figures for public transportation, which are consistent with other information Dutchess gathers from Dutchess County LOOP, MTA/Metro-North Railroad and New York State, also show that more people are taking public transportation (4.2%).  This may have also contributed to the fact that the mean travel time to work has increased by almost 5 minutes (25.0 to 29.8).

“This shows that we doing a good job of providing public transportation for our residents, but also the necessity to continue to find ways to increase and improve our public transportation opportunities.” Steinhaus said.  While the number of Dutchess County households that have access to two or more automobiles is more now than it was 10 years ago (almost three-quarters have one or two vehicles available and almost 20 percent have three or more vehicles), there are still more than 7,500 households that do not have a vehicle available.  “These households must rely on alternate means of transportation, such as walking or transit to travel from place to place.  As Dutchess County continues to grow the next ten years, a trend that has not changed since the 1890 Census, we will continue to adapt to the changing times and provide the transportation, economic and educational opportunities that the residents of Dutchess County have come to expect” Steinhaus said today.



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