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March 19, 2009 - 9:06am

Population declines slow in WNY region

posted by Howard B. Owens in Western New York, population.

The Buffalo News reports that while WNY continues to lose population, the declines seem to have slowed, according to recent estimates.

The News reports that Genesee County is down .04 percent.

While he can’t speak directly about the Buffalo region, Jan Vink, a Cornell University research specialist, sees some indication from the census estimates that migration patterns may be changing for the better in the state.

But the shift might have more to do with what’s happening in other parts of the country, whether it’s the job market or a cooling of the housing market.

“Either less people are leaving or more are coming in. I suspect it’s less people leaving,” said Vink, who reviews census data for the state. “It’s kind of an interesting trend going on all across New York State.”

Related: The D&C reports that birth rates in Monroe County, unlike the rest of the U.S., have declined.

Steve Ognibene
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It's actually 0.05 percent in Genesee County according to the article, but either way it's not much.
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I guess its all in how you want to look at it...The number was actually 312 people ..If the average household size is 4,than that would represent 78 households lost.In the last ten years Genesee County has declined by 3500 people..Thats big..So i would say its alot..

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