Rochester ranks among the poorest cities in the country

September 14, 2018 08:38 AM

A new report says the City of Rochester is one of the poorest cities in the country.

The U.S. Census Bureau ranks Rochester 12th in the nation when it comes to poverty, and second in the state, behind Syracuse.

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The federal government considers a family of four to be living below the poverty line if they make less than $25,000 a year. The census report shows at least 30-percent of families in our area live this way, which is nearly 65,000 people.

Ann Johnson, director of ACT Rochester, said advocates have been tracking this data for the past five years.

"This is not new news," Johnson said. "But over time, we in the community have moved from awareness to action."

Johnson pointed at the Rochester Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative (RMAPI) as one of the community efforts to decrease poverty. RMAPI has been around since early 2015.

"This just means that we have a challenge to be sure that our community thrives along with the rest the rest of the country," Johnson said. "Especially since the economy is doing better in other places."

RMAPI officials focus on breaking down barriers that keep people in poverty like trauma and structural racism.

The 15-year goal of the organization is to reduce poverty by 50-percent.

News10NBC reached out to the city for comment on this, but have not yet heard back.


Kaci Jones

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