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Report compares U.S. demographics with Rochester

Rochester Business Journal
August 27, 2014

Rochester ranks among the top cities that most resemble the U.S. as a whole, a new report from WalletHub shows.

WalletHub—a social website launched by Evolution Finance that offers financial tools and information for consumers and small-business owners—ranked the nation’s largest 366 metropolitan areas in terms of 26 key metrics, including age, gender and income, as well as household makeup and housing tenure, to determine which cities “bleed the most red, white and blue.”

Rochester ranked 51st overall on the list, receiving a high rank in the categories of education and economy—13th and 56th, respectively. The metro area ranked 180th in the socio-demographic category and 142nd for housing.

Buffalo ranked 79th overall on the list, while Syracuse ranked 39th. Both metro areas also received high rankings for their economies’ and educational resemblance to the U.S. Nationally, nearly 30 percent of the population has a bachelor’s degree or higher, the report states, while more than 23 percent of workers are employed in educational services, and health care and social assistance.

Nashville, Tenn., most resembles the U.S., according to the report, while McAllen, Texas, least resembles the characteristics that define the country.

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