US Census – Smart, Educated People Make Cities Grow via WSJ8

Posted by Deirdre // 09-23-2011


Interesting article in WSJ based on 2010 Census Data showing where the educated and “creative classes” have clustered besides NYC and as a result, which areas have seen “brain gain”.

Cities with "brain gain" according to the US Census. image via WSJ

While it seems obvious that cites where smart people congregate would prosper, “‘The pattern of smart cities becoming more dominant is a departure from past trends’, noted Edward Glaeser, an economist at Harvard University”. Whereas 100 years ago, “jobs and wealth clustered around places like Detroit and Cleveland that had large concentrations of capital and industry. Today, a city’s overall education level and supply of higher-skilled labor are the big drivers of its economic success”. (I am obsessed with the rising from the ashes of places like Detroit, but that’s for another post.)

I will try to dig further into the Census data for other pertinent info – apparently the 2010 study includes what WSJ describes as “the government’s most comprehensive snapshot of economic, social and demographic trends. The data include everything from commute times to fertility rates”. I wonder if they record the presence of a good latte and walkable downtown…?


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