Buffalo Business First magazine ranked districts using socioeconomic date from the state education department and census.
Pittsford is the most affluent district, with only 4 percent of students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch and 5 percent of students living in poverty. Brighton was ranked 8th, Penfield 15th and Victor 20th.
Rochester is the least affluent school district, with 85 percent of students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch and 39 percent of students in poverty. (Recent census figures show 53 percent of all children in the city live in poverty.) Syracuse and Buffalo were also in the bottom five.
The data indicates poverty is very real in some Monroe County suburbs. In East Rochester and East Irondequoit, about one in five students lives in poverty.
Rochester and Pittsford are only 8 miles apart. This list makes the gulf feel much wider, doesn’t it?
Update: A follow-up ranking by Business First lists Pittsford first academically.
Links of the Day:
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- Portraits of Governor Andrew Cuomo. Not the kind he’ll hang in his office.