Slow grow for Buffalo
blog by S.J. Velasquez • March 20, 2013 @ 8:53am
While Texas cities continue to attract new residents, the Rust Belt struggles to retain residents.
Metropolitan regions surrounding Buffalo and Rochester were named some of the “slowest-growing,” according to Forbes.
Buffalo, Forbes statistics show, has decreased in population by 3 percent since 2000. Rochester fared slightly better than its neighboring city to the west, showing a slight growth of 1.5 percent since 2000. Still, that kind of slow population growth earned it a place on the slower end of the rankings.
As bleak as numbers may seem for Western New York cities, things could be a lot worse. Cleveland, with the worst numbers of major metropolitan regions in the U.S., saw a population decrease of 3.9 percent since 2000.
Of the 52 metro regions ranked by Forbes, the fast-growing cities were in the Sun Belt.