Rochester and Buffalo rank third and fourth, respectively, in the U.S. for poverty, a report said yesterday.
Buffalo Business First said statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau showed nearly 27 percent of the population in Buffalo live in poverty. In Rochester, it was slightly higher at 28 percent.
That ranks the two western New York cities behind only Detroit and Cleveland among major cities in their poverty rate, the publication said.
Dale Zuchlewski, executive director of the WNY Homeless Alliance, told WGRZ in Buffalo that “You’re seeing high-end jobs coming into Buffalo, which we need, but you also need those living wage jobs. There’s a 160,000 jobs that pay less than $23,000 a year.”
The statistics are consistent with other recent reports about the region’s troubles.
In 2012, census figures showed that a majority of children in three upstate cities—Rochester, Schenectady and Syracuse—lived in poverty in 2011, with Rochester ranking seventh in the nation for its percentage of poor children.
Rochester had 54 percent of its youth under age 18 living in poverty, behind places like Flint, Mich.; Camden, N.J.; Reading, Pa; and Cleveland. Gary, Ind., led the nation in childhood poverty at 69 percent, the data showed.
A report by Rochester Area Community Foundation last year said Rochester had the fifth highest poverty level among the nation’s 75 largest metropolitan areas.