Census numbers out today show poverty is growing in Monroe County. The poverty rate jumped more than a full percentage point between 2010 and 2011.
Take a look at the poverty rate in Monroe County:
- 2008: 13.1%
- 2010: 15.4%
- 2011: 16.7%
The City of Rochester is worse off:
- 2008: 29.3%
- 2010: 33.8%
- 2011: 35.5%
There are more children in poverty in our community. From 2010 to 2011, the rate of children under 18 who lived in poverty in Monroe County jumped from 22.2 percent to 24.8 percent. In the City of Rochester, the rate went from 51.1 percent to 53.9 percent. That means one out of four children in Monroe County and fully half the children in the city live in impoverished households.
Household income in Monroe County has dropped over the last few years, but is making tiny gains:
- 2008: $51,762
- 2010: $49,532
- 2011: $50,204
Brookings ranked Rochester 76th out of 100 metros in economic recovery for the third quarter of 2012.
These numbers are terribly troubling.
Links of the Day:
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- There’s a Roc City restaurant in Florida serving garbage plates.