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Census estimates for 2012 show the City of Rochester’s population stayed flat since 2010, with 210,532 residents. That’s good, showing we may have stemmed the tide. Buffalo and Syracuse showed populations declines of .7 percent over the last two years.

The Rochester suburbs showing the most growth since 2012:

  • Riga 3%
  • Webster 2%
  • Henrietta 1%
  • Parma 1%
  • Penfield 1%

Census data released in March showed Monroe County registered a .5 percent gain, with 747,813 residents. Most of the growth was due to babies and immigrants.

Update: Some of you have asked about Ontario County. Farmington’s population has increased 4 percent to 12,395. The Town of Canandaigua’s population has increase 1 percent to 10,124. The Town of Victor’s population has gone up .9 percent to 14,444. The population of Ontario County has increased .4 percent to 108,519.

The data covers July 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012.

2 Responses to Holding Steady

  1. Lets talk about WHAT type of population. Many activists point to poverty in the city as a major reason for crime. I hear the term “concentrated” poverty. What is the breakdown of the population numbers? If it is more immigrants on welfare or more babies being born to unwed mothers needing government assistance, than this is not good. If the population breakdown shows more people with jobs coming to the region, than that is a good trend. My observations lead me to believe that more freeloaders are coming here because they know it is so easy to get government handouts. Unless the government learns to say no, concentrated poverty and the resultant crime will continue to be a major issue. Unfortunately, poverty and crime are big business . Political jobs, social service jobs, RCSD, RPD, D&C and more are dependent on poverty and crime for their existence. I don’t see anything changing in the near future. Political correctness will not allow it to be discussed. Just my thoughts….

    • May 25, 2013 at 11:43 am Rachel Barnhart responds:

      Stats show most of our immigrants live in better neighborhoods. It’s a wrong stereotype to assume they are all on welfare. Our colleges and high tech industries account for many foreign born here.

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