Demographics

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau

What does this measure?

The change in population of a geographic area broken down by racial and ethnic groups since 2000.

Why is this important?

Population measures provide insight on the changing size and face of communities. Changes in the racial and ethnic composition of a community can indicate growing diversity, which can bring with it challenges and opportunities.

How is our region performing?

The 9-county Rochester region has become increasingly diverse since 2000. Between 2000 and 2016-20, the Hispanic population grew 74% and the Asian population increased by 55%. The region had a smaller increase among Black or African American residents (9%). The white population declined slightly (4%).

The region's gains among Asian residents and its loss of white population mirrored New York State as a whole. Increases in the region's Hispanic and African American populations were larger than those at the statewide level, but fairly similar to the nation. The U.S., however, had a larger increase in the Asian population (80%) and a modest gain in the white population (9%).

Why do these disparities exist?

The composition of the U.S. population is becoming more racially and ethnically diverse as people of color grow in representation and will be a majority within the next two decades. Latino, Asian and multiracial groups are experiencing the largest growth with Latino's rapid increase caused largely by immigration. Latino immigrants who enter the U.S. tend to be younger and of child-bearing age. Latinas in the U.S. have higher fertility rates than Black and white women. Black, Latino and multiracial populations are also experiencing higher rates of births relative to deaths, while whites are experiencing the opposite.

Notes about the data

The multi-year figures are from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The bureau combined five years of responses to the survey to provide estimates for smaller geographic areas and increase the precision of its estimates. However, because the information came from a survey, the samples responding to the survey were not always large enough to produce reliable results, especially in small geographic areas. CGR has noted on data tables the estimates with relatively large margins of error. Estimates with three asterisks have the largest margins, plus or minus 50% or more of the estimate. Two asterisks mean plus or minus 35%-50%, and one asterisk means plus or minus 20%-35%. For all estimates, the confidence level is 90%, meaning there is 90% probability the true value (if the whole population were surveyed) would be within the margin of error (or confidence interval).

Change in Total Population by Race/Ethnicity, 2016-20
AsianBlack or African AmericanLatino or HispanicWhite
NYS60%-0%30%-6%
NYS (excluding NYC)85%14%83%-7%
Region55%9%74%-4%
Monroe53%11%73%-5%
Surrounding Counties70%-4%79%-3%
Genesee58%2%117%-8%
Livingston44%*-6%65%-4%
Ontario111%28%151%6%
Orleans88%*-26%21%-9%
Seneca17%134%89%-2%
Wayne75%-27%81%-6%
Wyoming13%*-21%5%-9%
Yates138%*75%**143%-0%
Monroe County Local Areas
Rochester37%-4%43%-12%
Scottsville (V)42%***53%***122%***-4%
Fairport (V)-92%***-88%***149%***-6%
Webster (V)-19%***21%***255%***10%
Hilton (V)-100%***239%***122%***-4%
Pittsford (V)375%***-63%***846%***6%*
Greece65%*170%162%-8%
Perinton16%*37%**199%*-1%
Henrietta129%51%87%*-2%
Riga-13%***82%***24%***3%
Chili99%***56%*107%**-4%
Mendon-51%***120%***74%***8%
Sweden94%**28%*115%*-3%
East Rochester-59%***380%***97%***-10%
Parma-32%***86%***302%***4%
Wheatland-60%***-12%***50%***-9%
Churchville (V)12%***57%***300%***13%
Spencerport (V)117%***-75%***-90%***2%
Honeoye Falls (V)-10%***-54%***-96%***6%
Hamlin-80%***-4%***-43%***-3%
Pittsford108%80%***179%*-1%
Brighton23%82%*84%*-7%
Irondequoit75%**149%177%-15%
Rush33%***-34%***-24%***-3%
Brockport (V)203%**38%**100%**-4%
Clarkson167%***50%***480%***12%
Ogden23%***47%**326%**8%
Webster70%*56%**161%*13%
Gates17%**92%122%*-14%
Penfield32%**18%**177%*5%
Regional Cities
Batavia23%**1%*98%*-17%
Canandaigua7%***-44%***584%*-12%
Geneva62%**-27%73%-11%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Rate is percentage change from 2000. The Census Bureau asks people to identify their race (white, African-American, etc.) separate from their ethnicity (Hispanic or non-Hispanic). So the totals for these categories cannot be added together, as people show up in both a racial and ethnic group. Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.




Total Population by Race/Ethnicity, 2016-20
AsianBlack or African AmericanLatino or HispanicWhite
NYS1,674,2163,002,4013,720,70712,160,045
NYS (excluding NYC)476,9551,006,2801,296,8388,696,759
Region31,675126,29586,648976,641
Monroe27,404112,00767,590554,917
Surrounding Counties4,27114,28819,058421,724
Genesee4621,3071,95952,650
Livingston709*1,8222,40158,127
Ontario1,4562,6435,390100,964
Orleans267*2,3952,08135,913
Seneca2651,7701,24431,004
Wayne7662,2244,08782,599
Wyoming182*1,8841,34136,479
Yates164*243**55523,988
Monroe County Local Areas
Rochester6,79381,23140,02193,671
Scottsville (V)17***141***140***1,876
Fairport (V)5***5***197***5,256
Webster (V)155***259***387***5,100
Hilton (V)0***329***193***5,431
Pittsford (V)38***3***123***1,467*
Greece2,311*7,3346,30180,927
Perinton1,517*1,089**1,975*42,641
Henrietta4,9024,0812,209*32,131
Riga35***71***62***5,450
Chili617***2,471*942**24,207
Mendon44***132***139***8,820
Sweden275**652*848*12,341
East Rochester20***442***311***5,746
Parma52***356***667***15,017
Wheatland17***182***168***4,358
Churchville (V)19***22***32***2,049
Spencerport (V)39***5***7***3,525
Honeoye Falls (V)18***12***1***2,682
Hamlin6***98***85***8,748
Pittsford2,589784***985*24,906
Brighton3,5622,396*1,525*28,367
Irondequoit898**4,6274,44041,440
Rush40***117***54***3,232
Brockport (V)239**492**475**7,108
Clarkson104***185***957***6,395
Ogden167***368**1,077**19,342
Webster1,256*949**1,556*40,744
Gates806**3,5811,897*22,408
Penfield1,393**861**1,371*34,026
Regional Cities
Batavia175**888*791*12,135
Canandaigua79***97***787*9,469
Geneva272**1,0131,9969,889

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: The Census Bureau asks people to identify their race (white, African-American, etc.) separate from their ethnicity (Hispanic or non-Hispanic). So the totals for these categories cannot be added together, as people show up in both a racial and ethnic group. Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.











Worse than NYS by 10% or more
Up to 10% worse than NYS
Equal to or better than NYS


INDICATORS - Grouped by Topic REGIONAL VALUE YEAR NYS COMPARISON TREND | REGION
*No or multiple regional values for this indicator


Worse than NYS by 10% or more
Up to 10% worse than NYS
Equal to or better than NYS





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