Buffalo + Rochester On Worst Cities to Live List
This isn't exactly what the Buffalo or Rochester Chamber of Commerce would like to have as it's slogan. A recent study included Rochester on a not so marketing friendly list.
Factors including crime rates, job growth, housing costs, and percentage of the population living below the poverty line.
Rochester landed at #34 and as the list describes:
The typical Rochester household earns only $31,946 a year, slightly more than half the statewide median income of $60,850. In addition to very low incomes, serious financial hardship is relatively common in the western New York city
Buffalo was a further up the list at #22 (Syracuse was in between). According to the description:
Buffalo is the second largest city in New York, and by many measures the most economically and socially distressed. The typical Buffalo household earns only $32,509 a year, and about one in three area residents live below the poverty line. In comparison, the median annual household income across the state is $60,850, and about 15.4% of state residents live in poverty.