For a series of stories that ran in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle on November 6, I built an interactive map showing the concentrations of poverty in the Rochester metropolitan area. Readers can zoom in on their neighborhood to see the current poverty rate and how that compares with the rate in 2000.
Rochester’s most disadvantaged, high-poverty neighborhoods were clustered around downtown a decade ago in what became known as the crescent, Roughly one-third of the city’s poor lived there. In the past decade that footprint has radiated outward to encompass 47 percent of the city’s poorest residents. The degree of concentration far exceeds the national average.