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Source: American Fact Finder: census.gov

Source: American Fact Finder: census.gov


Monroe County’s population is stagnant. That’s according to U.S. Census figures out today.

  • 2010: 744,647
  • 2011: 747,225
  • 2012: 748,582
  • 2013: 750,071
  • 2014: 749,857

Monroe County posted a negligible loss in 2014, but it’s still reason for concern. It shows we’re not growing.

City of Rochester Communications Burear

City of Rochester Communications Burear

When you look at the number of people who moved out last year, it’s amazing we managed to stay relatively flat. In 2014, 8,347 babies were born in Monroe County. A total of 6,435 people died. That means we had natural increase in population. Then, if you add the 2,642 net number of people who moved to Rochester from other countries and Puerto Rico, we’re really ahead of the game. But we experienced a net loss of 4,526 people who moved out of the county…in one year.  That’s .6 percent of people – about 3 in 500 people – who live in Monroe County who said adios. 

Going back to 2010, we’ve lost a net of more than 13,000 people to other communities. That’s the equivalent of almost everyone in the Town of Sweden packing up and saying goodbye.

Once again, we can thank babies and immigrants for mitigating population loss.

The Rochester metro had 1,083,393 in 2014, an insignificant decrease from the year before.


Links of the Day:


– If there was ever a time for the city to ask the University of Rochester for a payment in lieu of taxes, now is the time.

– The state is threatening a Buffalo suburb that may boycott state tests.

– The gun used in a cop-shootout in Orleans County was stolen from a home. Lock up you guns, people.

– The state won’t release documents related to the Buffalo Billion.

– Only in the state assembly is it awkward to be a former federal prosecutor.

– A Park Ave. apartment building owner is accused of racial bias.


Henrietta…Wants to be Walkable?



Florida Passes New York in State Population



It’s official. Florida has surpassed New York as the third most populous state in the country, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Florida added an average of 803 residents every day between July 1. 2013 and July 1, 2014. Florida now has 19,893,297 residents compared to New York’s 19,746,227. New York is growing, too. It’s just not growing as fast as Florida.

What’s going on? CNN reports:

Manufacturing jobs have diminished in northern New York cities like Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse. Florida, on the other hand, is seeing jump in tourism, real estate, construction, medicine and finance, (University of Miami’s Thomas) Boswell said.

But immigration is also an important factor in explaining Florida’s rise.

“Florida’s growth for many years has been due primarily to migration,” (University of Florida’s Stan) Smith said. “Typically, 80 to 90% of growth in the state has to do with people moving in.”

The spike in immigration includes people moving from other states as well as from abroad, Smith said. Based on responses to BEBR surveys, Smith said, most people moving to Florida do so for job-related reasons. The state also draws retirees seeking a warmer climate.

Florida is the number one destination for people leaving Rochester. Between 2007 and 2011, Monroe County had a net loss of 1,082 residents to the Sunshine State. Monroe County’s population hasn’t dipped because of immigrants.


Links of the Day:


– In New York State, you’ll never see the internal investigation or disciplinary against a police officer. The only time I’ve see one made public was the Craig Heard shooting. The info was contained in lawsuit court paperwork.

– Experts say New York’s new casinos won’t have a big economic impact.

– Racetracks are very worried about the casino expansion.

– This is why nuclear power plants, including Ginna, are in trouble.

– Young women who don’t go to college are more likely to be raped.

– From $10 million to $10 an hour: Donte Stallworth, former NFL wide receiver, is working as a Huffington Post intern.

– Phew. This map shows Rochesterians like “dude” and “buddy” more than “bro.”


Tweet of the Day:


Skyline - featured 220X165Monroe County was one of the few Upstate that gained population over the last two years, according to the U.S. Census.  Its population grew .5 percent to 747,813, a gain of 3,469 people.

A closer look at the numbers reveals more people moved out of Monroe County than moved in. New births combined with immigrants and returning service members largely made up the population gain. Census figures show most immigrants settle around Rochester’s colleges. Syracuse is among many cities banking on immigrants to lift the economy.

Between 2010 and 2012, there were 19,087 births in Monroe County and 14,104 deaths. There were 4,392 people from other countries who moved in, a figure that includes armed forces. There were 5,738 people who moved out of Monroe County.

While it’s good news the population went up in Monroe County, it’s clear there’s more work to be done to stem the tide of people leaving.

Links of the Day:

– Reuters tells visitors what they can do in 48 hours in Rochester. Focusing on the trendy, it leaves out a garbage plates and only briefly mentions Wegmans by suggesting a trip to the Food Bar.

Xerox has sold its downtown Rochester office building. The Bausch + Lomb building is still for sale.

– Buffalo has high hopes for the “hockey palace” planned by Sabres owner Terry Pegula.

State workers are muzzled.

– A Republican senator from Ohio writes about why he now favors gay marriage.

– First it was R News. Now it’s YNN. Another name change may be in store for Time Warner Cable’s local news outlets.

Cities coping with population loss are trying creative ways to get people to move in. Niagara Falls is offering to pay student loans for recent college grads who take up residence. Baltimore is encouraging immigrants to come to town.

The Washington Post reports:

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D) has told Latinos, in particular, that she is counting on them to help Baltimore gain 10,000 families within a decade. As a first step, she signed an order in March prohibiting police and social agencies from asking anyone about immigration status — and in the order, she explicitly asked federal immigration authorities to tell anyone they arrest that they are not agents of the city.

Baltimore joins an increasing number of U.S. cities, most of them manufacturing behemoths fallen on hard times, that are courting immigrants to reverse half a century of population loss.

The Global Detroit effort includes programs that help immigrants start small businesses, get driver’s licenses and learn English. As part of the Welcome Dayton Plan adopted last year, the Ohio city sponsors a soccer tournament for immigrant teams. Not to be outdone, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) says he wants his home town to be known as the most “immigrant-friendly city in the country.”

Could Rochester benefit from such an effort? The city is already trying to attract immigrant investors to fund an apartment project at the U of R.

The census shows 8.4 percent of Monroe County’s population is foreign-born. That’s 62,633 people who surely contribute much to our community.

On a related note, Brookings Institution studied the number of skilled workers getting H-1B visas to work in the United States. There were 743 visa requests in Rochester 2010-11, most in technology fields. The University of Rochester, Wipro Limited and Rochester General Hospital were among top employers of those with H-1B vias.

Links of the Day:

– School #50 principal Tim Mains did not get the Albany school superintendent job.

– “There’s no way I biked 3,000 miles to come to this theater and get killed in it.” A Syracuse University graduate tells his story of surviving the Aurora shooting.

– Medicaid saves lives. The states that have expanded coverage, including New York, have lower death rates, a study found.

– Bison burger, anyone? A Central New York farm is raising bison, drawing curious onlookers.

Chobani opened a yogurt bar in New York City.

City of Rochester Communications Bureau

Over the next 30 years, Rochester’s metropolitan region will overtake Buffalo in population, according to a report from IHS Global Insight for the U.S. Conference of Mayors.


  • 2012 population: 1,056,600
  • 2042 population: 1,101,300
  • Growth rate: 4.2%


  • 2012 population: 1,133,100
  • 2042 population: 1,078,000
  • Growth rate: -4.9 percent

Rochester would become the second-largest metro region, if these figures hold true. It already has the second largest economy in the state.

What kind of impact would adding 50,000 people to the Rochester region have on roads, housing and schools? The growth seems relatively modest, especially if it occurs over time. Other areas of the country are expected to deal with much faster population growth.

Links of the Day:

– Kudos to the Democrat and Chronicle for updating the story of a Rochester police officer suspended and returned to work without an explanation from his bosses or the FBI, who ruined his reputation.

– This is a topic that has bothered me for a long time. A Democrat and Chronicle columnist reminds the media and the public about the role mental illness plays in many sensational crimes.

Vacant houses are a problem in Rochester’s suburbs, too.

The Buffalo News looks at the history and modern usage of the N-word.

 – Can we stop focusing on the dilemmas of super-rich working moms? 

Doughnuts are the new cupcake.

Links of the Day:

– Cities are hot again. The population growth of many of the nation’s cities is outpacing their suburbs, according to new data from the U.S. Census.

The data showed Rochester was the only large Upstate New York city to gain residents from July 2010 and July 2011. The city’s growth rate was the same as the growth rate of Monroe County – .13 percent. The county gained 990 residents between July 2010 and July 2011. More than a quarter of the growth was in the city.

We’re talking about very modest growth. But given years of population decline, this is encouraging news for the city. Rochester isn’t emptying out and the pace of sprawl could be slowing. This is good news for the entire community.

Here is a chart of the Census population data:











– Business Insider looked at 16 brands that have a cult following. Guess which Rochester company made the list?

– A Buffalo area orthopedic surgeon joined the Army Reserves – at the age of 64. He was motivated by his son’s war injury.

Finger Lakes winery Dr. Konstantin Frank is celebrating 50 years.

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