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Niagara Falls New York

Niagara Falls, a city in the county of Niagara in New York, United States, is located adjacent to the river of Niagara. The city has got its name from the famous Niagara Falls, on the other side of which is the City of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. The Niagara Falls city of New York is within the Western New York region and the Buffalo–Niagara Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Before Europeans migrated to this city during the middle of the 17th century, it was mainly occupied by the Native Americans. But the migrants who settled here not only opened a number of businesses but developed good infrastructure in the city as well. In the 18th as well as 19th centuries, businessmen and scientists started producing electricity using the force of the flow of the Niagara River.

This hydroelectric power was so inexpensive that it started attracting more number of businesses as well as manufacturers. But the economy of the city started declining in the later decades of the 20th century when, during the 1960s, the then Mayor Lackey attempted what is popularly known as the urban renewal. Just as in the case of other areas of the Rust Belt, industries started leaving the city and all the affluent families that belonged to the old line, began relocating to areas outside the city and in the nearby suburbs.

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But despite the decline on the heavy industry front, Niagara Falls State Park as well as the downtown areas closer to the falls have been able to thrive and sustain thanks to the steady of inflow of tourists to the falls. 

Niagara Falls New York Crime Rate

The crime index of the city of Niagara Falls, New York, is 3. This means that the city is safer than only 3% of the cities in the US. The details of the annual crimes of the city are 574 in the violent category, that is a crime rate of 11.80 per 1,000 residents, and 2,464 in the property category, that is 50.67 per 1,000 residents.

The number of violent crimes consists of 3 murders, 18 rapes, 202 robberies, and 351 assaults. As far as the property crimes are concerned, they consist of 560 burglaries, that is 11.52 per thousand, 1,716 thefts, that is 35.29 per thousand, and 188 motor vehicle thefts, that is 3.87 per thousand.

Niagara Falls New York Arrest records

As per the police records, the number of violent crimes is 581, that of murder and non-negligent manslaughter is 3, that of rape is 26, of robbery is 161, of aggravated assault, 391, that of property crime is 2641, of burglary 650, of larceny-theft is 1,858, of motor vehicle theft 133, and that of arson is 15.

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Niagara Falls New York Population

During the 1960s, industrialization of the city of Niagara Falls was at its peak and hence, the population of the city went up to 102,394. But when the manufacturing jobs declined, the population also started declining. As per the census conducted during 2000, the population of the city was 55,593. It declined further and according to the census conducted in 2010, it was just 50,193. The present population of the city is 48,632.

Niagara Falls New York Minimum Wage

As on 31st December, 2017, the minimum wage for the New York State stood at the following rates:

The minimum wage for the city of New York is $12.00 an hour for those businesses in which 10 or less than 10 employees work. For those businesses that have 11 or more number of employees, the minimum wage is $13 an hour. In counties such as Westchester,  Nassau, and Suffolk, $11.00 an hour is the minimum wage. In the remaining parts of the state, the minimum wage is $10.40 an hour. These minimum wage rates will remain in force till 30th December, 2018. But as far as establishments in the fast-food industry and those establishments in which the workers receive tips, there are no uniform minimum wage rates. 

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