CityLab new economy demographics maven Richard Florida looks at a new study--published in Professional Geographer, by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Emil Malizia and Yasuyuki Motoyama at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation--that draws a close correlation between community vibrancy and economic growth in urban and suburban neighborhoods.

The study looks at firms in the Inc. 5000 by location, and matches them up as a proxy to economic growth in communities that the analysts describe as "vibrant," based on characteristics like density, land use diversity, urban design, distance to transit, and destination accessibility. Florida writes this about the take-aways:

The study’s findings move us beyond the overly simplistic dichotomy of dense, diverse cities and decentralized, car-dependent suburbs to “a more complex picture” of metros made up of “nodes of vibrancy.” Simply put, it is the vibrancy of a neighborhood—not whether it’s urban or suburban—that attracts high-growth firms and helps bolster a high-growth regional economy.

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