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Census data reveals drastic changes among populations in some New York State counties

Data released is showing the extreme differences in population in some pockets of the Finger Lakes Region.

For Rochester, the city was knocked out of its place as the third largest city and is now number four on the list. NYC remains first with Buffalo close behind. Yonkers has taken over as number three, but only by 241 residents.

The Rochester region, made up of 9 counties, has dropped by 24,288 since 2010. Monroe County increased by 15,099 since 2010.


Ontario County increased as well by 4,527.

Livingston, Orleans, Wayne, Genesee, and Wyoming all experienced loss in population.

Cayuga County experienced population loss, especially in Auburn. Bordering counties, Seneca and Oswego dropped as well.

Cayuga’s bordering counties, Tompkins and Onondaga saw growth in population.

The Southern Tier experienced a declined in population as well.

Steuben County dropped by 5,406 residents, or 5.5%, and Chemung lost 4,600, or 5.3%.

Schuyler lost 400 residents at 2.4% and at a much less rate than its neighboring Southern Tier counties.

While these population decreases are happening, the Southern Tier has seen an increase in diversity.

The “white alone” population decreased by 9.9% in Steuben, 10,5% in Chemung, and 12.5% for the entire state of New York.

New York City increased overall by 629,000 people.



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