As we love census statistics, new demographic data and the sociology behind it all, we found today's NY Times article about the exodus of young adults from upstate New York fascinating. There are many examples of people leaving areas like Troy, Buffalo and Syracuse for greener pastures like Tampa - there's a picture of a born-in-upstate couple in their beautiful Florida home (that looks like an indoor swimming pool!). But towards the end of the article, there's hope of an upswing - and this quote:
In the Rochester area, Andrew Allen's older sister, Laura Jeanne Hammond, 26, returned to her hometown after graduating in 2001 from the University of Missouri with a journalism degree. She was hired as managing editor of Next Step Magazine, which is distributed in school guidance offices, and also founded a social group, Rochester-Area 20-Somethings. "My friends escaped to New York City for a life of poverty and I bought a house and started a family," she said.
Eh, different strokes for different folks. And another woman in the article left Rochester for Albany "after becoming a victim of several minor crimes," so no one can tell us Rochester is that great.