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Credit: City of Rochester

Credit: City of Rochester


We keep hearing Millennials want to live in cities. A report is out from City Observatory that lends some evidence.

The study, called “The Young and the Restless and the Nation’s Cities,” finds 25 to 34 year-olds with bachelor’s degrees are increasingly moving into city centers. They are playing a big role in revitalizing cities and their economies.

Let’s look at the numbers in Rochester.

Rochester saw a 9 percent increase in the number of 25 to 34 year olds with four-year degrees between 2000 and 2012 to 47,538. In 2000, 33 percent of 25 to 34 year olds had a bachelor’s degree. In 2012, 36.7 percent did.

Although this group is more educated, they still make up relatively the same portion of the population – 4.2 percent in 2000 and 4.5 percent in 2012. That suggests more young adults are not moving into the metro area, but it also suggests they’re not leaving.

The data shows Millennials are trending toward the city. In 2000, 9,668 25 to 34 year olds lived within three miles of downtown. In 2010, 11,552 did. That’s a 19 percent increase.

In summary, Rochester’s Millennials are more educated compared to the Gen Xers who came before them. They’re also living closer to downtown.

Buffalo is seeing similar trends, though the numbers there look more dramatic. That’s partly because Buffalo had far fewer educated young adults than Rochester in 2000. Now, Buffalo has more both in terms of numbers and percentages.


Links of the Day:


– A study says downtown Syracuse will keep adding residents.

– Despite loads of criticism, the New York Times endorses Cuomo for a second term.

Albany is getting red light cameras.

– Trump predicts Upstate casinos will “go down the tubes.”

– Students are being arrested in school for what used to be regular disciplinary infractions. Perhaps it’s time to rethink having police in schools. They don’t serve the principal; they serve the law. Are schools really safer with police.

– Man will go to prison for owning sexy cartoons of children. Cartoons…

– There’s a big increase in surgery to mend ‘flesh tunnel’ earlobes.

15 Responses to Young, Educated & City-Living

  1. The big question is, will they stay when (if) they have children? The city school district is a major weakness.

  2. October 21, 2014 at 8:48 am Rick Geiger responds:

    Yes, but unless we can fix the school system so that City residents have no qualms about sending their kids to City schools with high confidence they are getting a great education in a safe and secure environment, those folks will pack up and move when they have kids

  3. October 21, 2014 at 9:59 am Ernest Paviour responds:

    They may be more educated but that does not seem to deter the rot of government and the fall our Democracy.

  4. October 21, 2014 at 10:10 am theodore kumlander responds:

    I can not believe I am agreeing with the Trump , but he is right all more casinos do is slice a smaller piece from the available pool of gamblers.

    Contrary to the belief of promoters and builders there is only a limited number of people willing to throw their money away on gambling.

  5. October 21, 2014 at 10:12 am theodore kumlander responds:

    I would advise anyone who thinks that the Police are not needed in the schools. To visit a city high school and walk through the halls and see what goes on.

  6. October 21, 2014 at 1:16 pm Orielly responds:

    Under 35 live in cities to be close to the bar areas and not need to drive with a cheap quick cab home to a city apartment.
    As they get older, married, kids etc they move to the burbs for a safer, quieter, more private way of life with an attached garage and no parking hassles.

  7. October 27, 2014 at 12:54 pm Eduardo Ricardo responds:

    Who, in their TWENTIES or even thirties, hell fifties, are able to pay their own rent, by themselves,let alone ,8, 9 16 hundred dollars, and over half a million dollars, for these new developments the city of Rochester is demanding. This, not including the astronomical new condos near the jail downtown.

    What a farce. What a waste.



    Anybody home.

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  11. I think this story is BS. I don’t any millennials who stayed in Rochester or even found a job in Rochester after graduation. Rachel needs a reality check.

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