May 20

2024

A Buffalo renaissance? Not with this much poverty.

Nearly half of children in upstate New York's largest cities live in poverty. Buffalo ranks as the nation's seventh-poorest mid-sized city. It's even worse in Syracuse and Rochester.

The most disturbing thing I read last week was a press release from  Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli about what he termed the state’s “staggering” childhood poverty rate. Nearly one in five live in poverty, half of them in deep poverty. 

Poverty is especially pervasive in upstate’s largest cities, according to the comptroller’s report:

When compared to other U.S. cities with similar population levels, Albany, Syracuse, Rochester, and Buffalo have child poverty rates that are double the average rate of their cohort cities. Between 40 to 46% of children in Syracuse, Rochester, and Buffalo were living in poverty in 2022, and they rank second, fifth, and seventh among the largest cities in the U.S. with the highest rates of child poverty.

Lots of folks in our community talk about our supposed renaissance. Not with poverty rates like this. For further proof, read Henry Taylor’s report on deteriorating conditions on Buffalo’s East Side.


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