Children & Youth
Disengaged Youth, Ages 16 to 19

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau

What does this measure?

The percentage of the population between ages 16 and 19 that is not enrolled in school and not working (either unemployed or not in the labor force).

Why is this important?

Whether a young person is in school or working is an indicator of future success. Reasons for youth not being in the workforce or enrolled in school vary significantly, but one common factor is the level of literacy and math skills developed in school. The U.S. has a larger share of disengaged youth and individuals with low numeracy skills than other developed nations. Young people not in school or working are more likely to engage in risky behaviors such as drug use and violence.

How is Westchester County performing?

In 2016-20, 4% of Westchester County youth were neither working nor in school, lower than the state and nation (6% and 7% respectively) and lower than 2000 when the rate was 8%. The state and national rates both declined by more than 2 points since 2000. Westchester County's rate (4%) was similar to the surrounding counties of Rockland (5%), Nassau (4%) and Putnam (3%).

Notes about the data

The multiyear figures are from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The bureau combined five years of responses to the survey to provide estimates for smaller geographic areas and increase the precision of its estimates. However, because the information came from a survey, the samples responding to the survey were not always large enough to produce reliable results, especially in small geographic areas. CGR has noted on data tables the estimates with relatively large margins of error. Estimates with three asterisks have the largest margins, plus or minus 50% or more of the estimate. Two asterisks mean plus or minus 35%-50%, and one asterisk means plus or minus 20%-35%. For all estimates, the confidence level is 90%, meaning there is 90% probability the true value (if the whole population were surveyed) would be within the margin of error (or confidence interval). The survey provides data on characteristics of the population that used to be collected only during the decennial census. Data for this indicator are released annually in December.

Disengaged Youth, Ages 16 to 19
20002006-102011-152016-20
Westchester County8%6%7%4%
Nassau County5%5%4%4%
Putnam County5%4%***4%**3%***
Rockland County6%6%*6%5%*
New York State9%8%7%6%
Mount Vernon11%8%***14%*8%**
New Rochelle7%5%***6%**3%***
Peekskill20%7%***7%***8%***
Rye City8%1%***1%***2%***
White Plains7%2%***7%***1%***
Yonkers12%9%*13%*7%**
Westchester County Towns
Bedford7%6%***7%***2%***
Cortlandt6%1%***3%***3%***
Eastchester2%0%***3%***0%***
Greenburgh3%3%***4%***2%***
Harrison3%6%***1%***2%***
Lewisboro1%3%***3%***0%***
Mamaroneck0%3%***8%***6%***
Mount Kisco5%12%***1%***10%***
Mount Pleasant6%9%***5%***6%***
New Castle8%1%***1%***4%***
North Castle3%10%***5%***1%***
North Salem0%0%***4%***4%***
Ossining8%9%***9%***6%***
Pelham3%1%***2%***0%***
Pound Ridge7%0%***0%***0%***
Rye7%15%***6%***5%***
Scarsdale2%0%***2%***0%***
Somers2%3%***2%***6%***
Yorktown11%7%***7%***2%***
Westchester County Villages
Ardsley0%3%***0%***0%***
Briarcliff Manor0%0%***6%***0%***
Bronxville0%0%***2%***0%***
Buchanan0%5%***3%***4%***
Croton-on-Hudson5%0%***0%***0%***
Dobbs Ferry1%7%***8%***0%***
Elmsford18%0%***2%***10%***
Village of Harrison3%6%***1%***2%***
Hastings-on-Hudson2%9%***2%***3%***
Irvington0%0%***5%***0%***
Larchmont0%0%***0%***16%***
Village of Mamaroneck1%5%***4%***15%***
Village of Mount Kisco5%12%***1%***10%***
Village of Ossining13%14%***12%***10%***
Village of Pelham3%0%***3%***0%***
Pelham Manor4%3%***0%***0%***
Pleasantville10%0%***0%***5%***
Port Chester10%19%***7%***3%***
Rye Brook1%6%***9%***0%***
Village of Scarsdale2%0%***2%***0%***
Sleepy Hollow7%6%***0%***7%***
Tarrytown2%0%***6%***0%***
Tuckahoe0%0%***5%***0%***

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Disengaged means not in school and not working. Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.




Number of Disengaged Youth, Ages 16 to 19
20002006-102011-152016-20
Westchester County3,2463,0313,6522,126
Nassau County2,9023,4223,2932,886
Putnam County210246***206**157***
Rockland County8711,037*1,224868*
New York State92,38385,19677,46360,564
Mount Vernon379288***483*208**
New Rochelle224276***269**157***
Peekskill17274***59***78***
Rye City347***9***15***
White Plains13939***154***14***
Yonkers1,195873*1,394*814**
Westchester County Towns
Bedford5743***56***24***
Cortlandt9727***57***56***
Eastchester260***48***1***
Greenburgh120134***197***67***
Harrison38152***44***54***
Lewisboro728***24***0***
Mamaroneck433***109***83***
Mount Kisco2253***10***22***
Mount Pleasant139255***142***155***
New Castle5913***9***52***
North Castle1655***37***7***
North Salem00***14***8***
Ossining117171***171***93***
Pelham168***12***0***
Pound Ridge150***0***0***
Rye133338***150***122***
Scarsdale203***25***0***
Somers1323***23***59***
Yorktown204138***156***37***
Westchester County Villages
Ardsley011***0***0***
Briarcliff Manor00***41***0***
Bronxville00***7***0***
Buchanan06***5***4***
Croton-on-Hudson140***0***0***
Dobbs Ferry457***74***0***
Elmsford450***7***34***
Village of Harrison38152***44***54***
Hastings-on-Hudson527***8***10***
Irvington00***17***0***
Larchmont00***0***30***
Village of Mamaroneck433***40***136***
Village of Mount Kisco2253***10***22***
Village of Ossining117161***137***93***
Village of Pelham100***12***0***
Pelham Manor68***0***0***
Pleasantville340***2***24***
Port Chester129319***107***39***
Rye Brook419***43***0***
Village of Scarsdale203***25***0***
Sleepy Hollow2930***0***23***
Tarrytown80***36***0***
Tuckahoe00***22***0***

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Disengaged means not in school and not working. Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.








INDICATORS TREND | WESTCHESTER
Early Prenatal Care, by Mother's Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
Infant Mortality Rate, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Children with Elevated Blood Lead Levels 0
Maintaining
Children Receiving Subsidized Child Care -1
Decreasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
Disengaged Youth, Ages 16 to 19 -1
Decreasing
Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
Single Female-Headed Households 0
Maintaining
Contributions as a Percentage of Income 0
Maintaining
Voter Registration Rate 1
Increasing
Voter Participation Rate 1
Increasing
Serious Crimes -1
Decreasing
Victims of Domestic Violence -1
Decreasing
Arrest Rates, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Households With Internet Access, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Households without Vehicles -1
Decreasing
Means of Transportation to Work, by Race/Ethnicity -1
Decreasing
Air Quality 1
Increasing
Population Density 0
Maintaining
Water Quality of the Long Island Sound 1
Increasing
Open Space in Westchester County 1
Increasing
Change in Total Population 1
Increasing
Change in Population, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
Change in Population, by Age -1
Decreasing
People with Disabilities 1
Increasing
Language Diversity 1
Increasing
People 65 or Older Living Alone 1
Increasing
Change in Total Jobs -1
Decreasing
Change in Jobs by Sector 10 Not Applicable*
Business Ownership, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Average Salary by Sector 10 Not Applicable*
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity 0
Maintaining
Female to Male Earnings Ratio 0
Maintaining
Unemployment Rate, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
People Living in Poverty -1
Decreasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity 0
Maintaining
Seniors Living in Poverty 0
Maintaining
Seniors Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
Food Insecurity -1
Decreasing
Households Receiving SNAP, by Race/Ethnicity 0
Maintaining
Public Assistance 0
Maintaining
People Receiving Supplemental Security Income 1
Increasing
Homeownership Rate, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
Cost of Homeownership, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Overall Housing Cost Burden -1
Decreasing
Cost of Rent, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Rent Burdened Households -1
Decreasing
Homelessness, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Homelessness, by Sex 10 Not Applicable*
Per-Student Spending 0
Maintaining
Student Suspensions -1
Decreasing
Student Performance on Grade 3 English, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
College Admission Rate, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
College Enrollment Rate, by Race/Ethnicity -1
Decreasing
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
People Without Health Insurance -1
Decreasing
Mortality Rate, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Mortality Rate from Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Diabetes Mortality, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Suicide Rates, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*


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