Rochester, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - The population of Monroe County dipped slightly in 2015, according to census data released Thursday. The county had 749,600 residents, compared to 750,362 the year before. But the county has added residents since 2010, when it had 744,344 people.
The Rochester metropolitan area had 1,081,954 people in 2015, compared to 1,083,678 in 2014 and 1,079,671 in 2010. The populations of the Syracuse and Buffalo areas also remained largely stagnant in 2015.
The census calculates net domestic migration. That's how many people move in minus how many people move out. The data revealed a net of 25,212 people moved out of the Rochester area between 2010 and 2015. That's more than the 16,282 that left Buffalo and 19,827 that left Syracuse.
The Mannella family in Chili plans to move down South in a year or two.
"I pay $6,000 in property and school taxes. I'm tired of it," said Paul Mannella.
"I want to be somewhere I can enjoy being outside more than just late spring and summer," said Stephanie Manella.
The reason the population stayed relatively flat in the wake of the out-migration is new births and international immigrants.
The population of New York State was 19,795,791 in 2015, up less than 1 percent. The state experienced a net loss of 653,071 who moved to other areas of the U.S. since 2010.
Taxes and weather are among the reasons people leave Rochester. Another reason is the availability of jobs.
"Fundamentally we need to make this a place where businesses feel they can attract a good workforce, they can retain a good workforce," said Kent Gardner of the Center for Governmental Research.