Recently, the UJA released a study that said that Jews in NYC (and that includes Westchester and Long Island, but not Rockland County or New Jersey)are more likely to be either Orthodox or non-denominational. Also, the the number of Jewish households is getting poorer, with 45% of Chasidim with incomes below 150% of the national poverty line (and since the poverty line is based on taking the cost of a subsistence diet and multiplying it by three, that's REALLY poor.)
You'd never know by living here.
Seven kids in private school from 2-18 is not poor. A stay-at-home mom isn't poor. Summer camp, especially sleepaway camp, for large families isn't poor. A $50,000 wedding for your daughter isn't poor. Owning property in the NYC metro area isn't poor. A closetful of silver isn't poor. A seven-inch-tall fur hat and a $3,000 hairpiece isn't poor. Imported clothes and shoes for a growing family isn't poor. Weekly cleaning help isn't poor. Something does not add up.
Now, I will admit to having some of these accoutrements (Builder has a friend in the shaitel business, so my shaitels were bought wholesale, and I haven't purchased a new one since I was first married. We homeschool the kids, only use camp for one month each year, and Builder wouldn't be caught dead in a shtreimel. As for the rest, I plead the Fifth. But we don't cry poverty to Uncle Sam.)