district profile
Utica-Rome Metro Area

Herkimer and Oneida Counties

The Utica-Rome metro area, comprising Herkimer and Oneida counties, has a population of just under 300,000, based on the 2010 Census—virtually unchanged from 2000. Oneida County includes both the cities of Utica and Rome and accounts for nearly 80 percent of the area's population. Herkimer County is rural, though it includes some textile and metal manufacturing. Both counties’ populations held steady over the past decade, following declines over the previous two decades.

This metro area lags the state and the nation in income and educational attainment. Median household income was roughly $45,000 in 2009—lower in Herkimer, slightly higher in Oneida. Roughly one in five adults over the age of 25 holds a college degree; again, the figure is somewhat lower in Herkimer than in Oneida County. Looking at the demographic mix, the proportion of Blacks, Hispanics and Asians are all well below the national and statewide averages.

Manufacturing accounts for a relatively large share of the local economy, due to a particularly high concentration of both primary and fabricated metals production. While a major casino is one of Oneida County’s top employers, tourism (i.e., leisure and hospitality) does not account for a particularly large share of the local economy overall. During the recent economic downturn, job losses in this metropolitan area were less severe than nationally: employment fell by roughly 3 percent between the beginning of 2008 and mid-2009. A short employment recovery in 2010 was followed by another steep decline that lasted until the summer of 2011. Home prices fell considerably during the housing downturn, but have stabilized in 2012.1

Recent Trends
Although the Utica metropolitan area recovered the jobs that it lost during the recession, the employment picture has deteriorated more recently. Employment has declined during the first half of 2012, with jobs losses occurring in leisure and hospitality, construction, and retail trade. Employment in educational and health services, transportation and utilities, and manufacturing has increased moderately. Unemployment has climbed steadily and now stands at well over 8 percent. Home prices remain far below their 2007 peak, but have shown gradual improvement in recent months.

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1Trends in home prices referred to here are all based on repeat-sales indexes from CoreLogic.

  Utica-Rome MSA*: selected characteristics
    Population in 2010 % of 2010 Population that is1  
  Total Population1 % Change from 20001 per Sq. Mile2 Black Hispanic Asian  
  Utica-Rome Metro Area 299,397   -0.2   114   5.1   4.0   2.3  
    Herkimer 64,519   0.1   46   1.1   1.6   0.5  
    Oneida 234,878   -0.2   194   6.3   4.6   2.8  
  New York State 19,378,102   2.1   410   15.9   17.6   7.3  
  USA 308,745,538   9.7   87   12.6   16.3   4.8  

  Utica-Rome MSA*: selected characteristics
    Median % of Homes % of Adults with5  
  Household Income3 Home Value4 Owner Occupied4 College Degrees HS Degrees  
  Utica-Rome Metro Area $44,850   $247,000   69.6   20.1   85.5 
    Herkimer $40,818   $87,800   70.7   17.7   85.7 
    Oneida $46,074   $105,100   67.9   20.8   85.4 
  New York State $54,659   $310,000   55.4   31.8   84.2 
  USA $50,221   $191,900   66.4   27.5   84.6 
* Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) are metro areas defined by the Office of Management and Budget for use by federal statistical agencies.
1 Source: US Bureau of the Census, decennial Census of Population.
2 Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Census of Population; land area data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s geographic database (TIGER® database) for Census 2000.
3 Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census, American Community Survey, 2009 (1-year estimates)
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Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census, American Community Survey, 2007-09 (3-year estimates)

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Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census, American Community Survey, 2006-08 (3-year estimates)

October 2012