About Upstate New York
Upstate New York refers to the portion of New York State that’s north of the New York City Metropolitan Area. Along with NYC, Long Island and parts of Westchester and Rockland counties are not considered to be part of the Upstate Area.
Home to just over 6 million residents, the median household income in Upstate New York stands at $45,825. Men in Upstate New York have an average annual income of $64,156, which is 1.29 times the average annual income earned by females living in the area. That means Upstate New York has an income inequality rating of 0.497 on the Gini Index, leaving the area with an income inequality rating that’s higher than the current national average. At present, the sales tax that applies in Upstate New York is 8.0%, which is higher than the current average of 6.2% for the country. The income tax rate for the area is at 6.2%, which is higher than the current US average of 4.6%.
The unemployment rate in Long Island is currently at 7.1%, a percentage that’s higher than the United States national average of 6.0%.
More than 3.9 million residents of Upstate New York are employed. Fields offering the greatest number of jobs include Health Care & Social Assistance, Public Administration, and Educational Services, and the highest paying industries are Utilities, Public Administration, and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services.