- From 2007-2013, the share of jobs in the Rochester metro area performed by those aged 22-34 increased from 24.7% to 26.5%. That was one of the largest jumps in the country.
- 2014 estimates show that roughly 28% of Monroe County's residents are millennials, outnumbering baby boomers who account for 26%.
- As per The Rochesterian, from 2010-2012, 59.7% of people moving to the Rochester region were 18-34 years old. (In other words, when looking at the people moving here, a lot of them are pretty young.) That was the second highest percentage among large metro areas. Of course, this number is bloated due to a high concentration of universities, and many may not stay due to a lack of job opportunities. Which gets me to the last point...
- If, just if, employment and entrepreneurial options can grow, Rochester will have amazing access to a surprising youth movement.
Saturday, October 31, 2015
After moving to the region, I was often force fed the "fact" that Rochester lacked young people. Despite seeing large numbers of young(ish) residents on a regular basis, I accepted the idea that Rochester was essentially one big nursing home. Ultimately, I realized that my sources were pushing the same old lazy story about Rochester, i.e. the one that includes a shrinking metro area (false), ongoing private sector job loss (false), and a dying downtown (false). And thus, as part of the difficult, underappreciated, and often ignored task of depicting the true Rochester, I was curious to ascertain just how old Rochester actually is: