Director of Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative explains what poverty rates really mean

Created: December 19, 2020 09:32 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — New data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows poverty in Rochester is down. Overall poverty, extreme poverty and child poverty all declined over the past 5 years.

Overall poverty is down about 1.3%, from 32.6% to now 31.3%. Child poverty saw the biggest decline from 51% to 47.7%. 

What do these numbers really mean?

News10NBC's Lynette Adams spoke with Aqua Porter, the executive director of the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative (RMAPI), on this week's edition of Rochester in Focus. 

Learn more about the census findings at

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