Plattsburgh area lifestyle issues ranked
PLATTSBURGH — A new book gives the Plattsburgh area the highest grades in two quality-of-life categories: stability for children and housing.
It ranks low on growth potential and senior-citizen lifestyle.
The local ratings are featured in “Micropolitan America: A Statistical Guide to Small Cities Across the Nation,” written by G. Scott Thomas and published by Niawanda Books.
Thomas has analyzed an array of statistics for Plattsburgh and the rest of the country’s 551 micropolitan areas. Federal guidelines require a city’s population to be between 10,000 and 49,999 to earn the micropolitan designation.
The Plattsburgh micropolitan area encompasses all of Clinton County. The book’s profile includes 75 sets of statistics, as well as 10 ratings on a five-star scale, with five being the highest.
Here are the results for the Plattsburgh area, followed by the question addressed by each rating:
Children: 5 stars. Where are children more likely to have stable family lives, extended educational opportunities and financial safety nets?
Diversity/Equality: 3 stars. Which areas embrace racial and geographic diversity, as well as economic equality?
Education: 4 stars. Where do substantial percentages of adults hold high school diplomas and college degrees?
Employment: 3 stars. Which micros are blessed with low unemployment, strong entrepreneurial spirit and substantial numbers of good-paying jobs?
Growth Potential: 2 stars. Where do a variety of demographic factors suggest the possibility of future growth?
Housing: 5 stars. Which places have low vacancy percentages, high rates of home ownership and diverse mixes of affordable and sizable houses?
Income: 3 stars. Which micros enjoy the highest income levels and lowest poverty rates?
Seniors: 2 stars. Where are senior citizens most likely to be self-sufficient and active in their families and communities?
Stability: 4 stars. Where do most residents have strong local roots, especially married couples and young adults of child-rearing age?
Transportation: 4 stars. Which areas offer their workers the shortest commutes and an array of transportation options?
The book also contains a wide range of other data for the Plattsburgh micropolitan area, including:
• The area’s population, which was 81,251 in 2015, is projected to shrink to 80,439 by 2030.
• The 1,904 private-sector businesses in the Plattsburgh area paid their workers a total of $953.3 million in 2015.
• One-fifth of all local households have annual incomes higher than $94,933.
• 61.0 percent of children in the area live in two-parent households.
• There is a 18.2 percent likelihood that two randomly selected residents of Plattsburgh will belong to different racial groups.
• 23.2 percent of local working-age adults have bachelor’s degrees.
• 10 percent of Plattsburgh workers have jobs in management.
• 68.1 percent of local homes are occupied by their owners; the remainder are rental units.
• 16.5 percent of Plattsburgh’s senior citizens held a paying job during the past year.
• 42.6 percent of local workers have daily commutes that are shorter than 15 miles, compared to the 9 percent who take at least 45 minutes to get from home to their workplaces.