Assignment 3 – Voll

While many Upstate New York cities have felt the lasting effects of the decline of rust belt industrial centers, cities downstate and in the capital region have fared much better against the large migration of people to other areas of the country.

This data represents a trend that began in the 1950s when populations in northeastern cities began a decades-long exodus, with some losing an upwards of 50% of their citizens to suburbs and other regions.

With the gubernatorial elections fast approaching, it is important to consider policy changes that need to be enacted to stabilize the Upstate economies and stem the flow of people out of the state. The state, county, and city governments need to work together to channel investments into bringing jobs and industries into struggling areas to make these parts of New York a desirable to live in again.

Source: Census 2000 and 2010 Population

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