Unfortunately, the probability of enlarging the land area of the city is exceedingly low. As such, the only hope for a geographically restricted entity such as Rochester is to either (a) hope that excessively harping on poverty makes it disappear, or (b) repopulate the city with residents who are above the poverty level.
The city of Rochester had its highest rate of population loss between 1970 and 1980. In 1970, the population was 296,233, and in 1980 it had declined to 241,741 (a loss of 18.4%.) What if Rochester's population moved from its current 210,000 back up to the levels seen between 1970 and 1980?
- Adding 72,857 residents above the poverty level would move Rochester's population to 282,857 and drop the poverty rate from about 33% to 24.5%, i.e. the same as Dallas.
- Adding 56,538 residents above the poverty level would move Rochester's population to 266,538 and drop the poverty rate from about 33% to 26%, i.e. the same as Philadelphia.
Obviously such repopulation might seem like a pipe dream. On the other hand, Boise, Idaho, has added 90,544 residents over the past 24 years.