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Census report: Rochester region population roughly unchanged

Rochester Business Journal
March 14, 2013

The Rochester area ranked 51st among the nation’s 381 metropolitan statistical areas in terms of population and 288th in population change—and 303rd in change on percentage basis—from July 2011 to July 2012, the Census Bureau reported Thursday.

The most recent Estimates of Population Change release shows Rochester’s population increased by 164 people, or 0 percent, from July 2011 to July 2012. Rochester has some 1.08 million residents, the Census Bureau reported.

The Rochester metro area includes Monroe, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans and Wayne counties.

Batavia, Genesee County is considered a micropolitan area. The report shows the region lost 105 residents from 2011 to 2012 and ranked 152nd in terms of population estimates in July.

The Buffalo area lost more than 1,200 residents from 2011 to 2012, the report shows. The area ranked 49th in terms of population estimates, with some 1.13 million residents. The Syracuse area lost nearly 1,500 people from July 2011 to July 2012 and ranked 80th on the population estimates chart. The Census Bureau estimates some 660,934 people lived in the Syracuse area in July.

The Census Bureau reported Midland, Texas, as the fastest-growing metro area from July 2011 to July 2012, with a 4.6 percent population increase. Forty of the 50 fastest-growing metro areas were in the South or West, the report shows, while one was in the Northeast.

New York City continued to be the most populous metro area, with 19.8 million residents on July 1, 2012, followed by Los Angeles and Chicago.

The report cites an energy boom as playing a role in the population growth in the Great Plains region. Carson City, Nev., ranked 381st on the list, according to population estimates.

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