UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – The Constitutionally mandated U.S. Census gives us a snapshot of the country and its people. Included in that picture is financial data and an analysis of that data puts the City of Utica in the top ten poorest cities in the state. This is based on the percentage of the city’s population living below the poverty level.
The poverty level for a family of four is a $26,000 annual income, for an individual, the number is $13,000. According to the 20-20 census, Utica had just under 17,000 residents living in poverty. Of that number, just over 3,300 are employed and living below the poverty line.
Just over 6,500 hundred are under the age of 18. The percentage of people in Utica living in poverty is at 29.4%, that’s the ninth-worst in the state. The median household income for Utica is $37,760 a year. That number is higher than the median household income in Buffalo, Rochester, and Binghamton.