Buffalo Exits Top Five Poorest Cities
It has been no secret that in 2008 Buffalo was rated the 3rd poorest city in the nation after Detroit and Cleveland with a city-wide poverty rate of 30.3%. Now a recent Rochester study places Buffalo in 6th place with a poverty rate of 29.9%, directly above the 5th place Flour City. Dayton, Cleveland, Hartford, and Detroit round out the 5 poorest cities in the nation. Both studies obtained their data from the American Community Survey.
The decreasing trend is extremely positive for Buffalo as many cities are experiencing an increase in poverty when compared to the 2008 study. At that time Fresno sat in 6th place with a 25.5% rate but in the recently released Rochester study the bottom 15 cities all have a poverty rate above 26%. Other positive information for Buffalo is that its metro area poverty is rated around or below the mid-point range. Despite the study continuing to find Buffalo as the most racially segregated city in the country it is positive to note that Buffalo’s poverty is distributed evenly enough to be below the mid-point range for extreme poverty neighborhoods signifying a wider range of wealth distribution across all neighborhoods.
With Buffalo and Rochester sharing similar struggles collaboration between the neighboring cities successful community organizations could benefit all of Western New York.