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Old 05-18-2013, 02:15 PM
 
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Here's an article in USA Today illustrating the 2011 population of college graduates ages 30 and under in most major MSAs, plus the rate of growth since 2000...


Population of young college graduates (2011)
777,974 - New York
403,101 - Los Angeles
378,147 - Chicago
317,739 - Washington DC
226,993 - Boston
213,364 - San Francisco/Oakland
199,494 - Philadelphia
196,282 - Dallas/Fort Worth
165,320 - Atlanta
158,536 - Houston
153,799 - Minneapolis/St. Paul
134,196 - Seattle
130,749 - Miami
115,737 - Denver
110,189 - San Diego
104,149 - Baltimore
103,952 - Phoenix
95,363 - Detroit
89,763 - Pittsburgh
85,206 - St. Louis
84,259 - Austin
75,111 - San Jose
73,008 - Columbus
71,014 - Raleigh/Durham
68,367 - Portland
67,211 - Kansas City
64,118 - Charlotte
61,948 - Indianapolis
61,676 - Tampa
59,767 - Milwaukee
58,216 - Nashville
57,482 - Cleveland
57,442 - Orlando
53,433 - San Antonio
51,912 - Cincinnati
48,642 - Virginia Beach/Norfolk
44,845 - Salt Lake City
40,655 - Buffalo
40,064 - Richmond
36,670 - Rochester
36,095 - Las Vegas
35,812 - Providence
35,784 - Jacksonville
34,230 - New Orleans
33,062 - Oklahoma City
31,948 - Memphis
30,755 - Louisville
27,088 - Birmingham
25,335 - Hartford

Rate of growth (2000-2011)
+65.0% - New Orleans
+52.0% - Jacksonville
+48.5% - San Antonio
+45.3% - Milwaukee
+39.4% - Nashville
+38.3% - Austin
+38.3% - San Jose
+37.5% - Denver
+36.7% - Houston
+33.3% - Washington DC
+32.4% - Memphis
+31.8% - San Francisco/Oakland
+31.1% - Portland
+30.3% - Oklahoma City
+28.6% - Louisville
+27.0% - Chicago
+26.6% - Dallas/Fort Worth
+25.6% - New York
+25.3% - Virginia Beach/Norfolk
+24.7% - Charlotte
+24.7% - Pittsburgh
+24.6% - Philadelphia
+23.2% - Boston
+22.6% - Minneapolis/St. Paul
+21.4% - Los Angeles
+20.5% - Cleveland
+17.4% - Hartford
+17.0% - METROPOLITAN AVERAGE
+16.9% - Columbus
+16.5% - Richmond
+15.6% - Cincinnati
+14.9% - Indianapolis
+14.7% - Baltimore
+14.7% - Providence
+14.7% - San Diego
+14.0% - Kansas City
+13.1% - Atlanta
+12.0% - Rochester
+12.0% - St. Louis
+11.8% - Birmingham
+11.8% - Raleigh/Durham
+8.8% - Buffalo
+8.1% - Salt Lake City
+6.9% - Orlando
+5.5% - Tampa
+4.6% - Phoenix
-0.6% - Detroit
-2.1% - Las Vegas

Notes
1. Data is not available for the Riverside/San Bernardino or Sacramento MSAs.

2. USA Today split the numeric data for the Miami and Seattle MSAs, so the aggregate rates of growth are not available for either.

3. The Raleigh and Durham MSAs were combined, so the total population and rate of growth reflects this.
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Old 05-19-2013, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Syracuse, New York
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Never realized that there were so many young college grads in the Twin Cities.

Considering its reputation, I was surprised by Portland having less than 70,000 young college grads.
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Old 05-19-2013, 12:52 PM
 
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No surprises in the top ten, surprised that MSP is higher than Seattle though.

Austin and San Jose seemed a but low to me too.
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Old 05-19-2013, 12:57 PM
 
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Well Austin is gaining them pretty rapidly. It'll probably surpass Pittsburgh soon. And the San Jose metropolitan area has less than 2,000,000 people, so that' probably deflates its numbers a bit. More than likely, San Jose is as educated as it is because all age cohorts have above-average college attainment, from people in their 20's up through people in their 60's.
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Old 05-19-2013, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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I crunched some numbers to make a list of young college grads as a percentage of total MSA population. There may be some errors, I did it pretty quickly, but it looks pretty accurate to me. Portland is surprising.

5.57051% -- Washington, DC
4.94418% -- Boston, MA
4.92145% -- San Francisco-Oakland, CA
4.72431% -- Austin, TX
4.63461% -- Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
4.45227% -- Denver, CO
4.41949% -- Raleigh-Durham, NC*
4.11689% -- New York, NY
3.99686% -- Chicago, IL
3.92841% -- Columbus, OH

3.91350% -- Salt Lake City, UT
3.87044% -- Baltimore, MD
3.83414% -- Seattle, WA
3.81415% -- Milwaukee, WI
3.80243% -- San Jose, CA
3.80234% -- Pittsburgh, PA
3.66154% -- Nashville, TN
3.58033% -- Buffalo, NY
3.55987% -- San Diego, CA
3.52731% -- Indianapolis, IN

3.38820% -- Rochester, NY
3.34422% -- Philadelphia, PA
3.27431% -- Kansas City, MO
3.27938% -- Average
3.19415% -- Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX
3.14215% -- Los Angeles, CA
3.12388% -- Richmond, VA
3.05859% -- St. Louis, MO
3.02904% -- Atlanta, GA
2.98572% -- Portland, OR
2.93124% -- New Orleans, LA

2.90866% -- Virginia Beach-Norfolk, VA
2.79190% -- Charlotte, NC
2.77921% -- Cleveland, OH
2.69123% -- Orlando, FL
2.63069% -- Jacksonville, FL
2.60470% -- Houston, TX
2.52744% -- Oklahoma City, OK
2.43834% -- Phoenix, AZ
2.43701% -- Cincinnati, OH
2.43439% -- San Antonio, TX

2.42748% -- Memphis, TN
2.40132% -- Birmingham, AL
2.34964% -- Miami, FL
2.22185% -- Detroit, MI
2.19577% -- Providence, RI
2.18343% -- Tampa, FL
2.13486% -- Louisville, KY
2.08969% -- Hartford, CT
1.84982% -- Las Vegas, NV

*I did what the original study apparently did and just combined the Raleigh and Durham MSAs. If they used the whole Research Triangle, this percentage would actually be 3.55282%.
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Old 05-19-2013, 08:19 PM
 
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What's up with Las Vegas?!?
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Old 05-19-2013, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Mexico City, formerly Columbus, Ohio
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What's up with Las Vegas?!?
You don't need a college degree to work at a casino, I guess.
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Old 05-19-2013, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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You don't need a college degree to work at a casino, I guess.
I guess that's why their economy crashed badly a few years ago too.
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Old 05-19-2013, 08:55 PM
 
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It just seems so unusual that an area that is (or at least was up until fairly recently) growing so fast would have such low number of young college graduates. Especially with that demographic being arguably the most "mobile" group of movers in America today.
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Old 05-19-2013, 09:06 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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It just seems so unusual that an area that is (or at least was up until fairly recently) growing so fast would have such low number of young college graduates. Especially with that demographic being arguably the most "mobile" group of movers in America today.
There really aren't too many big businesses there not involved with the casinos. Not many people working in a casino need a degree.
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