Report: Rochester is fifth poorest city in U.S.

Updated: 12/10/2013 5:07 PM
Created: 12/10/2013 1:19 PM WHEC.com

Rochester is the fifth poorest city in the United States according to a new report released by the Rochester Area Community Foundation and ACT Rochester.

According to this report, Rochester is:
- Fifth poorest city in the county among the top 75 largest metropolitan areas
- Second poorest among comparably sized cities in those metro areas
- Ranked third for highest concentration of extremely poor neighborhoods among cities in the top 100 metro areas
- The poorest school district in Upstate NY and the poorest urban district in the entire state

The report says that in our nine-county region, 160,699 live below the federal poverty level and although the highest concentration of poor live in Rochester, 59% live outside the city including in Batavia, Canandaigua and Geneva.

Officials used data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research and the Brookings Institution. The study shows Rochester’s poverty rate is only five percentage points behind Detroit’s and it has jumped five percent in 10 years.

President of the Rochester Area Community Foundation Jennifer Leonard said, "The greater Rochester that we love has failed to deliver for too many of our neighbors. Our poverty is deeper and more concentrated and touches more people than almost any other city in America. This is unconscionable. This is not who we are and this is certainly not whom we want to be.”

Leonard says Rochester’s poverty rate has an impact on education, the economy and the region's future and it needs to be addressed.

County information:
- Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne and Wyoming Counties are below the regional average of 13.2%
- Yates County is at 15.4%
- Monroe County is at 14.4%

Click here to read the 49-page report


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