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Rochester Business Journal
December 30, 2013

Rochester’s population is down 13 percent from 1980 and relatively flat since 2010, a report released by Mayor Thomas Richards on Monday shows.

The city’s poverty rate of 51 percent in 2012 was up from 46 percent in 2010 and 38 percent in 2000, according to American Community Survey of the U.S. Census.

Titled "The State of Rochester," the report looks at the status of the city's finances, infrastructure, budget, public projects, public safety and more.

Median household income is up 25 percent from 2000, to $34,111. It’s up 16 percent from 2010, when median household income citywide was $29,456.

The report summarizes Rochester's general census information, economic conditions, housing units, city budget and finances, city investments and Bureau of Housing Development program outcomes. It also itemizes the city's project pipeline, with total public and private investment totaling nearly $666 million.

In addition, the report provides data on the city's workforce, festivals and events, and it includes a crime status report. Major crimes, such as homicide, rape and burglary, reported by the Rochester Police Department are down 8 percent in 2013 from 2012, and down nearly 14 percent from 2010.

"Although we still face many challenges, we have much to be proud of," Richards said, in the report’s preface. "We have seen our real property values continue to increase ... we flattened our population decline and (have) seen record public and private investment in our neighborhoods and downtown.

“People have faith in Rochester or they would not be investing in it,” Richards added. “We need to continue to build on that investment.”

The report is available for download at

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