According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Syracuse was named the ninth most impoverished city in the nation this year. Now city leaders are analyzing the census data to determine key areas that need attention throughout the city.
The Innovation Team and the Department of Neighborhood and Business Development says some key problems to address are workforce participation, educational attainment, and housing stability.
Right now, 22 percent of Syracuse residents lack access to both the internet and a computer at home. In 2016, more than a third of Syracuse households had income below the poverty line.
"These ... things seem to line up as, again, challenges that the City of Syracuse is facing as opposed to other parts of the state," said Syracuse Chief Data Officer Sam Edelstein.
The city hopes to use the data to make informed policy changes and requests for future funding.