Community indicators

An economic indicator is a data point used to interpret and help judge the overall health of an economy.

It’s a snapshot based on government-collected numbers analyzed to see how a region, in this case Long Island, compares with both itself and other places nearby and nationally over time.

Long Island Population

Population growth has leveled off since 2014.

Population Change in Nassau and Suffolk Counties

Since 2010, Nassau County’s population has grown slightly, while Suffolk County’s has declined. Prior to that, Suffolk had been growing more than Nassau.

Share of Families Living Below Poverty

Long Island has a lower percentage of families below the poverty line than United States and New York State. Since 2010, poverty has grown slightly on Long Island, but has dropped in both New York City and the United States.

Share of Individuals Living Below Poverty

Long Island has a lower percentage of individuals below the poverty line than United States and New York State. Since 2010, poverty has grown slightly on Long Island, but has dropped in both the U.S. and NYS.

Share of Households Receiving Food Stamps

Long Island has a lower percentage of households receiving food stamps than the United States and New York State. Since 2010, food stamps use has grown slightly on Long Island, but has dropped both the U.S. and NYS.