The region is growing more diverse, with 83% of residents reporting their race as white in 2014-18, compared to 85% in 2000. The white population experienced a decrease of 2%, while other racial and ethnic groups have grown since 2000: 67% for Hispanics, 52% for Asians and 13% for African Americans.
Our region's total population has remained relatively flat since 2000, similar to state trends but counter to the nation. In 2018, residents numbered 1.2 million, up 0.3% from 2000, compared to growth of 16% in the nation and 5% in the state. The City of Rochester and five counties, Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, Wayne, and Wyoming, lost population: 6.3% in the city and between 2.2% and 8.1% in each of the counties. The fastest growing counties were Ontario (9.9%) and Seneca (2.9%).
The 60 to 84 age group has been the fastest growing population in the region since 2000, increasing 43%, while the 85 and older age group increased 37% as well in 2014-18. Meanwhile, the under 20 and 20-39 age groups decreased by 14% and 5%, respectively.
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