Using 2010 Census data, the city of Rochester, which is constricted by old geographic boundaries, comprises 19.5% of its metro area. Less restricted Louisville...48.3%. Oklahoma City...46.2%. Albuquerque...a whopping 61.5%.
What if Rochester were redrawn to include the suburbs Brighton, Greece, Irondequoit, Henrietta, Gates, and Chili? In such a case, Rochester would then comprise 45.8% of its metro area. The redone city poverty chart would then read:
- Louisville, KY: 18.4%
- Oklahoma City: 18.2%
- Albuquerque: 17.9%
- Rochester, NY: 17.2%
Clearly, poverty should be addressed. But let's not make our perception problem worse than it needs to be.