Union members in the Buffalo Niagara region tend to earn more and feel better about their standard of living than their nonunion counterparts.

Those were among the findings in a report, called "Citizens of the United State of Western New York," released by the Cornell School of Industrial and Labor Relations in Buffalo.

Union membership in the Buffalo Niagara region was 19.6% percent last year, down from 32% percent two decades ago, according to Unionstats.com, a widely used source of labor data. Buffalo Niagara's union density was below the statewide average of 22.3% but was still nearly double the national average of 10.5%.

The new Cornell report was based on localized data from the 2017 Simmons National Consumer Study. The marketing survey pegged the Buffalo Niagara's union density at a lower percentage, 13%, but still higher than the national average of 11% in the same survey.

"The overall footprint in terms of the numbers of [union] members has diminished, but we think that their impact on the community and community life and solidarity in Buffalo is still very apparent," said Russell Weaver, an economic geographer with the Cornell school in Buffalo.