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Credit: City of Rochester

Credit: City of Rochester

Monroe County is getting more diverse. Newly-released census data shows Hispanics are the fastest growing group, followed by Asians and blacks.

Hispanics numbered 62,994 in Monroe County in 2013, up from 57,670 in 2010, a 9.2 percent increase. That means they make up 8.4 percent of the population, a .5 percent increase from 2010.

The number of Asians went up 8 percent between 2010 and 2013 to 31,366. They now make up 4.2 percent of Monroe County’s population, up from 3.9 percent in 2010.

There are 131,269 black residents of Monroe County, up 2 percent from 2010. They make up 17.5 percent of population, up from 17.3 percent in 2010.

There are 598,101 non-Hispanic white residents, up from 596,345 in 2010. But their total share of the population dropped from 80.1 percent to 79.8 percent.

Monroe County is less diverse than the United States as a whole, where whites make up 62.6 percent of the population. Asians and Hispanics are the fastest-growing groups in the nation.


Links of the Day:


– A suburban Syracuse school district can bring back soup and sandwiches at lunch. It’s rejecting the federal lunch program. (Poor districts can’t do this.)

– Math under Common Core has parents stumbling.

– Oh look. Another state lawmaker indicted.

– Work programs for people with disabilities are being phased out. Maybe that’s a good thing, because the jobs paid less than minimum wage.

– High Falls repainted old “Ghost Signs.” This is so cool!

– People love the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, but they don’t know a lot about jazz.


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6 Responses to Hispanic Population Growing Here

  1. I believe an article that says “parents confused by 1st grade homework” says more about the parents than the material.

  2. Just curious, maybe someone will enlighten me, WHY is there such a large Hispanic population here in Rochester and in the cold northeast? What is the attraction. It certainly can’t be jobs. The cold weather is in direct contrast to their homelands. What brings them here. Same for the recent articles on the immigrants from Nepal. Why would they come to Rochester? Also, why would they be relocated in the crime infested neighborhoods of Rochester. Who puts them there and leaves them to be victimized. It makes no sense to me. There has to be some reason that is a secret. I would guess somebody is profiting… but who and why?

    • July 2, 2014 at 6:55 am James Simons responds:

      They move here for the same reason most immigrants move to any specific city. Family. They know someone here who can offer a support system. Also, you forget that Rochester is surrounded by a lot of farmland. Many migrant workers are of Hispanic descent.

      As for the refugees, the organizations/agencies that place them most likely have limited resources. When a studio/1 bedroom in the southeast of Rochester or in the suburbs costs at least $800 a month or you can rent a 4 bedroom house for possibly even less, it makes their choice for them. I’m sure they do the best they can.

    • July 2, 2014 at 7:35 am PJ Birkman responds:

      Most of the original Hispanic immigrants did in fact come because of jobs – farms, factories, etc. The Hispanic population growth in these figures is driven largely by a higher birth rate than other ethnic groups as well as people moving to be closer to their families who originally came here for jobs. As far as the refugees are concerned my employer provides healthcare for many of them, and James nails it – limited resources, a need to be close to public transportation, services, etc. And when you’re coming from Somalia Joseph Ave looks pretty good.

  3. The statement, “Monroe County is less diverse than the United States as a whole,…” is puzzling. What is “LESS DIVERSE”?

    There mix of races here does not match the national average. That is true. I’m guessing Detroit doesn’t match the average… and Miami and Phoenix and Des Moines Iowa etc. I don’t think there is a city i the country that exactly matched the Census percentages.

    What would make a city be “More Diverse” than the United States as a whole? As soon as one group has more than the national average, another must have less.

    I think that every city is `less diverse’ than the national average with regard to at least one race.

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