Where is the sweet spot in the Rochester metro for wealth? Twelve miles out from the city center.
The University of Virginia did a study showing how inner ring suburbs in the nation’s cities are poorer than they were in 1990. The study also shows center cities are making a comeback.
In Rochester in 1990, per capita income peaked 9 miles from downtown. In 2012, it peaked 12 miles away. Five miles from the city center, per capita income dropped 12 percent during this time period. In fact, the only people who made more money in 2012 compared to 1990 were people living 12 to 16 miles away from downtown Rochester – and people living in downtown Rochester. The rest of us are worse off.
It appears the elderly, who typically live on lower incomes, are moving further out. In 1990, the greatest concentration of elderly lived 4 miles from downtown Rochester. In 2012, the greatest percentage lived 8 miles away.
Poverty is greater across all distances from downtown Rochester compared to 1990. The only distance where it stayed the same – 3 percent – was 12 miles out.
This won’t come as any surprise, but the data shows we’re sprawling out. In 1990, the greater number of people – 83,088 – lived two miles from downtown Rochester. In 2012, the greatest number lives 3 miles away – 77,444.
Population density remains the highest in downtown Rochester, and declines with each mile away.
Why do we care about this data? Shifting demographics has consequences for real estate, schools, property taxes, services, planning, infrastructure costs and more.
Links of the Day:
– The New York Times details systemic problems at Attica Correctional Facility, on the eve of a trial of three officers for a brutal assault on an inmate.
– Although RG&E should be more responsive, I don’t see why the utility or its customers should have to pay for sprawl – especially sprawl with no population growth.
– Virginia has 750 private citizens authorized to be their own one-man police forces.
– The Democrat and Chronicle demands suburban teachers come up with a plan to fix the education system. Last I checked, suburban schools were doing just fine, pointing out a huge flaw in the governor’s war on teachers. But the D&C is clearly buying his rhetoric.
– Ripping apart some positive claims about charter schools.
– The L.A. Times obained access to a foster facility for teenagers. Heartbreaking read.
– What can be done to prevent suicides at the Monroe County Jail?
– ‘House of Cards’ music is composed by an Eastman School of Music graduate.