Best Large U.S. Metros at Retaining College Grads

CityLab demography whiz Richard Florida spotlights "The U.S. Cities Winning the Battle Against Brain Drain," in a piece that taps in to new data and research provided by Jonathan Rothwell at the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program.

Florida notes that Rothwell and his colleague Siddharth Kulkarni collected data on where college and university grads reside from LinkedIn’s alumni profiles, which list the most common urban locations of alumni. This data covers over 1,700 of the largest U.S. colleges and universities (721 two-year institutions and 984 four-year ones), which graduate approximately two-thirds of all students. Florida writes:

Over the past decade or so, cities and metros across the United States have greatly increased their efforts to retain college graduates. And for good reason. College grads are a key driver of innovation and economic development, and are closely connected to the wealth and affluence of cities and metros according to a large number of studies. But Americans are much more likely to move in their mid-to-late twenties, so it’s the metros that hang on to more of their college grads that stand to gain a long-run advantage.

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