Poverty rates increase dramatically.

Why is this important? For both individuals and for families, the experience of economic hardship places greater strains on the quality of life in many aspects.  The ability to obtain adequate shelter, nutrition, clothing, and education are directly tied to one’s economic situation.  

How are we doing? Long Island has lower rates of poverty than exists in New York State and nationally.  In 2011, the poverty rate for individuals on Long Island 6.6%.  This compares with a NYS and national rates of 16%.  

The trend between 2007 and 2011 reflects increasing poverty rates. There was a 39.7% increase in poverty through that period for Long Island. This contrasts with a 16.8% increase for NYS and a 22.3% increase for the U.S.