Study: Detroit doesn't attract college grads

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Young twenty-somethings fresh out of college still have an itch to move across state lines and into areas within three miles of city centers, according to a new study, but they're avoiding Detroit. 

The study from a think tank plainly called City Observatory offered this a summary for Detroit. From the New York Times:

About 25 percent more young college graduates live in major metropolitan areas today than in 2000, which is double the percentage increase in cities’ total population. All the 51 biggest metros except Detroit have gained young talent, either from net migration to the cities or from residents graduating from college, according to the report.

The migration of what the Times boringly calls the "young and restless" can be found in urban city cores — except Detroit. 

In 1980, young adults were 10 percent more likely than other people to live in these areas, according to the report from City Observatory, which is sponsored by the Knight Foundation. In 2010, they were 51 percent more likely, and those with college degrees were 126 percent more likely. The trend extends to all the largest metropolitan areas except Detroit and Birmingham, Ala.

Check out the Times overview of the study here


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