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The New York Minute is published every other month and highlights a NYS trend and data source on varying community development topics. CaRDI publications are designed to provide our readers with research-based information to help foster dialogue at the local, regional and state-level, and to inform public and private decision-making around critical community and economic development issues. The New York Minute is written by Robin Blakely-Armitage and Jan Vink, reflecting a partnership and collaboration between CaRDI and PAD, Cornell’s Program on Applied Demographics.

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Comparing Millennials to Baby Boomers in New York State

Feb 9, 2018

Much has been written about how Millennials differ from previous generations, especially with regards to social media, consumption patterns, social mores, technology and more. The term Millennial generally refers to the demographic cohort born in years ranging from the early 1980s to the late 1990s. Using 2015 data from the U.S. Census Bureau for New York State, we compare Millennials to younger Baby Boomers, a cohort aged 25-34 years old in 1990. We discover significant differences. Read more

Opioids in our Communities: Drug Overdose Deaths in New York State

Nov 28, 2017

Drug overdose deaths have risen steadily in recent years, becoming the leading cause of death in the United States. More than 60% of overdose deaths involve the use of opioids. In New York State (NYS), drug overdose deaths increased by 20% between 2014 and 20152, but declined again between 2015 and 2016. While drug use and drug overdoses have long been viewed as primarily an urban issue, drug overdose death rates in large central metropolitan areas were surpassed in 2008 by rates in less densely populated areas. Opioid and other drug use has been linked to several factors, including social, cultural, and economic stressors. Read more