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Old 12-17-2013, 05:52 AM
 
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Would it be better to move to a metro area like Boston, Seattle, Washington DC or San Jose where over half of the residents have their bachelors degree or would it be better to move to a metro area where only 15-30% of residents have their bachelors degree?

Would a degree be worth more if they move to a metro area with low educational attainment? Wouldn't scarcity would make their degree worth more? I can imagine regions like the first four regions that I mentioned having extremely stiff competition for high skilled jobs.

What is your take on this?
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Old 12-17-2013, 06:03 AM
 
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It mostly depends on the degree. Too many grads fail to realize that you need to move where the jobs are in your field. A less educated metro would likely be a good fit for someone with a social work degree where someone with a biology degree would find more opportunity in Boston.
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Old 12-17-2013, 06:09 AM
 
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Move to where the jobs are, no matter how educated the population is.
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Old 12-17-2013, 08:10 AM
 
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Would it be better to move to a metro area like Boston, Seattle, Washington DC or San Jose where over half of the residents have their bachelors degree or would it be better to move to a metro area where only 15-30% of residents have their bachelors degree?
The former.

Highly educated people move to those cities for a reason: because the high-paying jobs are there in much higher numbers. It makes it much easier to network and move between jobs if you need to.

And just the fact that you're surrounded by more educated, better-traveled and overall more well-rounded people from all walks of life makes living in those cities a better experience, imo.
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Old 12-17-2013, 08:19 AM
 
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If an area has a particularly low college education level I would guess it is because a college education is not needed for most lines of work in that area, so it is not a coveted thing will make employeres court you. Move to where the jobs are.
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Old 12-17-2013, 12:36 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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The high concentration of graduates to a city is caused by the number of jobs requiring degrees there. Your best option is to find a city where there is a low number of graduates but new companies coming in due to reasons such as low cost of land to build or tax breaks and get in early. Those are hard to identify, though.
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Old 12-17-2013, 01:41 PM
 
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There are many cases where cities with a less-educated populace are better for college graduates, but this mostly happens in healthcare fields. There are all kinds of programs that try to get nurses and doctors to move to certain areas. I believe it was Walgreens that was offering pharmacists a higher salary if they opted to move to the Rio Grande Valley in Texas awhile back. While some teaching fields have a shortage almost everywhere, there are inner-city and rural areas that have teacher shortages in almost all subjects.
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Old 12-17-2013, 06:33 PM
 
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Personally, I think if you can find a job in the area before moving there, it is beneficial to move where there is less education. Generally your dollar will go farther there.
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Old 12-17-2013, 07:42 PM
 
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Would it be better to move to a metro area like Boston, Seattle, Washington DC or San Jose where over half of the residents have their bachelors degree or would it be better to move to a metro area where only 15-30% of residents have their bachelors degree?

Would a degree be worth more if they move to a metro area with low educational attainment? Wouldn't scarcity would make their degree worth more? I can imagine regions like the first four regions that I mentioned having extremely stiff competition for high skilled jobs.

What is your take on this?
It would be better to move where the work is and where you can afford to live.
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Old 12-17-2013, 07:43 PM
 
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Move to where you find the job.
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