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Poverty and Disparities in Niagara County

Anna Blatto — Nov 13, 2019

This Buffalo Brief provides an overview of the geography and statistics around poverty in Niagara County. 

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The Geography of Poverty in Erie and Niagara Counties

Eli J. Levine — Nov 20, 2018

This Buffalo Brief provides visuals of the locations and rates of poverty in Erie and Niagara counties. 

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Employment Data for Buffalo-Niagara

Partnership for the Public Good — Jul 11, 2018

Unemployment in Buffalo and the surrounding region shot upward in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, but declined in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. In 2017, unemployment rose in the city and region while falling in the state and nation. 

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Racial Disparities in Buffalo-Niagara

Partnership for the Public Good — Jun 1, 2018

Like many cities in the Great Lakes region, Buffalo-Niagara suffers from severe racial inequality and segregation. 

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Public Education in Buffalo and the Region

Partnership for the Public Good — May 24, 2018

Public education in Buffalo and the surrounding region is a complicated story. 

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Immigrants, Refugees, and Languages Spoken in Buffalo

Partnership for the Public Good — Feb 28, 2018

Buffalo has a low proportion of foreign born residents compared to other cities. But an unusually high percentage of the region’s foreign-born are refugees. Buffalo has become a top location for refugee resettlement in the nation.

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Poverty in Buffalo-Niagara

Partnership for the Public Good — Feb 28, 2018

Poverty in Buffalo-Niagara is concentrated in urban areas. It is segregated and racialized. Poverty rates are higher among city-dwellers and people of color. But the number of whites living in poverty is higher than the number of people of color, and the number of people in poverty outside the cities is about equal to the number inside the cities. One major cause of poverty is jobs that do not pay enough. Other major causes include disability, unaffordable …

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Profile of Buffalo and its Region

Open Buffalo, Partnership for the Public Good, PUSH Buffalo, VOICE Buffalo, Coalition for Economic Justice — Jan 30, 2012

Like many places in the nation’s manufacturing belt, the Buffalo-Niagara metropolitan area has been losing population over the past several decades.  This decline reflects the long-term shift of population from the Northeast and Midwest to warmer places in the South and West, as well as the considerable loss of manufacturing jobs in the region.  Population loss has been especially severe in the Buffalo area, however, mostly due to its obvious weather disadvantages and an economy …

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