Nassau and Suffolk counties saw a rise in median household incomes from 2015 to 2016, new U.S. Census Bureau data shows, furthering a trend of yearly increases that one noted demographer said is “ahead of the curve” compared with many other areas nationally.
Median household income in Nassau rose to $105,870 in 2016, up from $102,403 the year before. In Suffolk, the median rose to $92,933, from $89,488 in 2015.
Other highlights included:
- Those median incomes continue to keep Long Island’s counties in the top five statewide in the survey, which covered geographic areas with populations of 65,000 or more — 39 of New York’s 62 counties.
- New York State’s median income of $62,909 ranked 15th in the nation, an increase from $61,311 in 2015. The nation’s median for 2016 was $59,039.
- The two counties’ poverty rates showed no significant change for the time period.
- The percentage of Long Islanders without health insurance coverage continued to drop between 2015 and 2016, falling to 4.2 percent in Nassau from 5.4 percent, and to 5.4 percent from 5.9 percent in Suffolk.
Before the Affordable Care Act took full effect in 2014, the percentage of Long Islanders without health insurance was far higher. In 2012, 8.8 percent of Nassau residents and 10.1 percent of Suffolk’s did not have coverage.
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