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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.

6 Responses to Thank Babies & Immigrants

  1. March 15, 2013 at 11:11 am DominionROC responds:

    Population stats are probably the number one statistic to use to measure the health and wealth of a community. True “net” economic growth can never occur if the population of a region is static. Any new development is offset by an empty building…its called a zero sum development and Rochester is in this zero sum environment. Politicians always like to be at ribbon cutting ceremonies showing “progress” in economic development…yet year after year our population remains STATIC.

    And realize that static means a continue drain of people out of our region. As stated in the article…the last couple years we had over 5,000 more people born than died…yet our population remains static. This means thousands of people left our region during this same time frame. A static population actually means a population that continues to bleed.

    To me this proves our economic development strategy has failed…and it continues to fail. Its time for some new blood and new ideas…new initiatives to create growth in our region.

  2. March 15, 2013 at 11:42 am theodore e kumlander responds:

    it has always been that way. for a public employee to speak to a newspaper is grounds for immedite dismisal. i was never sure if was a good or bad thing. I was asked twice by tv reporters ” what i was doing ” I was not sure how to answer so i told them to call C.O. playing it safe is always best.

  3. Thank babies and immigrants? From my observations…NOT ALWAYS! Spend a few days in one of our Courts and you will observe a fair number of “guests” who require the services of court appointed interpreters, who require the services of Public Defenders or court appointed conflict lawyers and who LAUGH as their charges are read. When asked how they support themselves, they respond with some type of social services. When asked if they have children, more than likely there are multiple babies with multiple fathers or when inquiring males, they have multiple “baby mommas”. I do not see how these scenarios are needed for improving our economy. These are immigrants and they and others as i described have many babies. Could this also be a reason why people are leaving? Who wants to stay in an environment that encouages more people who receive public assistance to relocate here and is a reason that our taxes continue to rise and our positive quality of life issues to be compromised. Just my thoughts BASED on personal observations.

  4. March 16, 2013 at 11:17 pm Animule responds:

    We’re losing the Tom Golisano’s of the world, and gaining people with few skills, and huge needs.

    How many tax paying immigrants would it take to offset the loss of one Tom Golisano? 1,000? 10,000? 100,000?

    When you treat your citizens like they are in a penal colony, it’s not surprising that the people with means leave, and those with no means are left behind.

  5. March 18, 2013 at 10:00 am TechnologyProfessional responds:

    Rachel, I think you’re assuming too much when you say “it’s clear there’s more work to be done to stem the tide of people leaving”. Maybe having net outmigration matched by births exceeding deaths is a good thing, or at least the natural and proper state of affairs.

    Many hip and trendy cities are bad places to raise children, especially infants and toddlers. Montreal comes to mind. Every city has to have a role in the greater nation, and perhaps having multi-child families is just appropriate for our city. Our kids then grow up and move to those hip and trendy places for a stage in their life, before settling down again somewhere less hip but more practical to raise their own families.

    Then, in retirement, many of us leave to go south, for obvious reasons.

    It is natural, and perhaps proper and correct, that Rochester should forever be a city losing people to outmigration, and gaining people through childbirth. Raising kids is a necessary job for society at large, and who better than us to do it?

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