Buffalo continues to loss population while Amherst, NY continues adding 47.22 residents per month, making Amherst the fastest growing town in Upstate New York.
Amherst is adding 47.22 residents per month, according to latest population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s the fastest rate of increase among the 82 Upstate cities and towns that contain at least 15,000 residents.
Buffalo, on the other hand, has experienced the sharpest rate of decline, losing 61.75 people per month.
Rochester, like Buffalo has loss 24.22 people per month
The Census Bureau issues annual population estimates for all cities and towns across the country. (Villages were left out of these rankings because they are subdivisions of towns.) The latest figures, which were released earlier this year, are for July 2016.
Slightly more than half of the 82 cities and towns — 45 in all — lost population between 2010 and 2016. The other 37 posted increases.
Four Western New York towns are among the 10 Upstate communities with the sharpest monthly increases: Amherst, Clarence, Lancaster and Hamburg.
At the opposite end of the list are three cities from the western end of the state in the bottom 10: Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Jamestown.