Census 2010, The NY Results

24 Mar


We’ll have some analysis up tomorrow morning after we’ve had time to comb through the data, but I wanted to post a link to the full statewide results for your perusal.


These numbers are fascinating for many reasons as they influence everything from political redistricting formulas to rates media outlets can charge for advertising.

The long and short of it?  The numbers are predictably terrible for Buffalo, pretty bad for Erie County, mediocre for Rochester and Monroe County and generally not-so-good for all of New York State.

Here’s a quick look at the numbers and the percentage change between 2000 and 2010:

  • Erie County’s population decreased by 31,225 people or 3.2 percent
  • The City of Buffalo’s population decreased by 31,338 people or 10.7 percent
  • Niagara County’s population decreased by 3,377 people or 1.53 percent
  • Cattaraugus County’s population decreased by 3,638 people or 4.3 percent
  • Chautauqua County’s population decreased by 4,842 people or 3.5 percent

I think you get the idea, lots of people moved.

Here is a sampling of the responses we’ve received via email from various planning groups and politicians:

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown:

All upstate cities have lost population, Buffalo is still the second largest city in New York. That’s why I’ve focused such attention on making Buffalo competitive.

Lou Jean Fleron, Cornell University ILR School and co-director of the Partnership for the Public Good:

It’s important that we don’t use population figures to measure the health and success of our city. For our 93 partner organizations, the key question is not how many people live here, but what is the quality of life for those who do

So, the early noise out of the gate is that it’s quality, not quantity that matters. Alrighty then.  However, I would like to note that population loss isn’t necessarily an “upstate” problem.  Counties in the eastern and central portions of upstate remained relatively static or grew while Western New York hemorrhaged people.  You’ll notice that as you go over the data…interesting, eh?

More tomorrow.

11 Responses to “Census 2010, The NY Results”

  1. Brian Castner March 24, 2011 at 6:09 pm #

    According to Business First, the Albany metro grew by 51,000. Yeah, we’ll be losing the Congressional seat.

  2. Eisenbart March 24, 2011 at 6:09 pm #

    Oh lord. Commence operation “Buffalo is a dying city!!!111!!1 Listen to me justify why I left…” New flash guys, the residents of Buffalo have been listening to it for 60 years take it easy this round.

    • Christopher Smith March 24, 2011 at 7:07 pm #

      I approach this information not with surprise, shock nor a feeling that emergency action is required. It’s more of a sad ambivalence and acceptance.

  3. Mr. F.N.Magoo March 24, 2011 at 8:23 pm #

    WNY isn’t just bleeding people. Its bleeding young people. I love, I mean I LURV WNY but for all the anti-tax, old-people pandering that goes one here, I caution my kids against moving back.

  4. Pauldub March 24, 2011 at 8:45 pm #

    Hizzoner has focused attention on making Buffalo competitive? Are you shitting me? Is there anyone out there that can show me something that has happened, something based on his initiative, that has made Buffalo anything that resembles competitive?

  5. John March 24, 2011 at 9:04 pm #

    Actually the young base (aged 15-24) and age 45 to 54 are the highest at 14.0% and 15.0% respectively according to Brookings.  So there is a lot of young people, including myself, and there is a lot of us that want to stay here but don’t have a job in order to stay.  

    Here is proof for my point: http://www.brookings.edu/metro/StateOfMetroAmerica/Profile.aspx?fips=15380#/?fips=15380&viewfips=15380&subject=2&ind=1&year=2009&geo=metro

    Also, Buffalo can be reinvented as a college town for the better.  Here is a link to an article that is a MUST read to get a perspective from the facts on what can actually help this city.  If any of you actually care read it:


    Feedback would be appreciated if you respect the youth of this city at all.

  6. Mark Poloncarz March 24, 2011 at 11:10 pm #

    As you note, and I tweeted earlier, other upstate counties, especially in Eastern NY, are growing. So people aren’t necessarily leaving upstate NY in droves, just WNY. The three other large upstate counties (Monroe, Onondaga and Albany) all grew. Unfortunately our local population is growing older, which means it will continue as a whole to lose population until we stabilize the age difference (though some towns will continue to grow as people move into the “hot” towns).

    We can blame Albany for every problem we have and that still will not fix all our problems. Albany does not force 5 large school districts to exist in a town like Cheektowaga (which saw its population drop by over 6%), nor does it require situations where 4 different public works departments plow roads in one town (state, county, town and village). We need to get rid of the multiple levels of service we have in this area. I’m not referring to Kevin Gaughan’s argument of dissolving villages, etc., but entering into more shared service agreements to reduce costs. Other regions in NY do it, we need to start embracing the concept. At least it would be a start.

  7. John March 25, 2011 at 10:05 am #

    Very good point.  

  8. Leo Wilson March 25, 2011 at 10:47 am #

    A sober post, Mark. So… you’re saying we should eliminate government jobs by reducing redundancy and becoming more efficient.

    What politician around WNY is going to do that? Isn’t the public sector one of the biggest employers around? Will their unions be onboard with the plan?

    Or, can getting rid of multiple levels of service not put union members out of work?

  9. Kevin J. March 26, 2011 at 3:25 pm #

    Good points, Mark, but actually, there are 8 school districts wholly or partly in Cheektowaga: Cheektowaga Central, Cheektowaga-Sloan, Cleveland Hill, Maryvale, Lancaster, Depew, West Seneca and Williamsville. 

    I’m very familiar with the ridiculous municipal overlap because I grew up in the Village of Depew, Town of Cheektowaga and Lancaster Central School District.


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