Metropolitan areas that built its economy on manufacturing jobs without a requirement of a college degree are having a difficult time pivoting to new industries, or keeping the college grads they create. Educated young people want to join communities with others like themselves that are educated and thriving.
A key stat:
“Historically, most American cities have had relatively similar shares of college graduates, in part because fewer people went to college. In 1970, the difference between the most educated and least educated cities, in terms of the portion of residents with four-year degrees, was 16 percentage points, and nearly all metro areas were within 5 points of the average. Today the spread is double that, and only half of all metro areas are within 5 points of the average, the Brookings research show.”
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