The regional placement of both programs may be self selection. People who are from a certain region, go to a school in that region and then want to stay in that region. It's fairly common. Both of these schools are comparable in status. As others have mentioned, your likelihood of working with profs from other schools is significantly higher at Baruch. For that reason, assuming you don't have a midwest specific bias, Baruch would be the better option.
The huge caveat being that you enjoy the research happening there. I assumed you did, or you wouldn't have applied there. Good luck!