• Rural New York makes up 80.3% of the state's land mass.

  • Rural New York's population would make it the 26th largest state.  

  • Only 8% of the state's population live in rural New York.

  • Rural New York's average per capita income in 2016 was $18,767.

  •  Personal income for the rural New Yorker is 59% below that of his or her urban counterpart.

  • One out of 14 rural households has no access to a vehicle.

  • Public transportation is available in 27.2% of rural regions.

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, Merwin Institute, SENSES,  Rural Transit Assistance Program, USDA NYS Facts, Federal Reserve Bank of New York.




  • Access to the Judicial System.

  • Community Legal Education.

  • Community Economic Development/Micro-Enterprise Support.

  • Safe, Reliable Transportation.

  • Adequate and Affordable Housing.

  • Health Care/Child Care.

  • Community Partnerships for Holistic Advocacy.


This communication is made available by the Rural Law Center of New York, Inc. as a public service and is issued to inform, not to advise.  No person should attempt to interpret or apply any law without the assistance of an attorney.  The opinions expressed in this communication are those of the authors and not of the Rural Law Center's funding sources.

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