Rome and Utica are “the focus of many economic development projects” in the six-county Mohawk Valley region, says a regional economic profile by state Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
For Rome, the report noted the development efforts at Griffiss International Airport and the Griffiss Business and Technology Park. Among them are the airport’s selection as a test site for research of unmanned aircraft systems/drones, plus the park which is a 3,500-acre center for private and public businesses.
For Utica, the report said it is “anchored by two major hospitals, two colleges...and a downtown district that is home to a minor league professional hockey team and a recently renovated multi-purpose arena.” The report also referred to Mohawk Valley Community College’s theINCubator business incubator facility, and to the Marcy nanocenter development site between Utica and Rome.
Among several demographic indicators mentioned for the cities:
• From 2000 to 2010, Utica’s population grew 2.6 percent while Rome’s declined 3.5 percent. Both cities’ populations decreased for 2010-2017, including drops of 3.7 percent for Rome and 2.5 percent for Utica. Their 2017 population estimates included 60,635 for Utica and 32,473 for Rome.
• Median ages include 40.1 for Rome and 34.1 for Utica.
• Rome’ population is 88.6 percent white; 5.9 percent black; 1.3 percent Asian. Utica’s population is 65.1 percent white; 15.3 percent black; 11 percent Asian.
• Foreign-born persons comprise 3.1 percent of Rome’s population and 19.7 percent of Utica’s population. The report noted that “for nearly four decades, Utica has encouraged immigrants from all over the world to resettle in its neighborhoods.”
• The median household income is $44,348 in Rome and $32,201 in Utica.
• The child poverty rate is 48.5 percent in Utica and 28.6 percent in Rome.
• Those with a bachelor’s degree or higher include 19.8 percent for Rome and 17.1 percent for Utica.