America’s skilled and educated are continuing to flee the country’s glamorous metropolises for the more affordable cities of the Sun Belt and Great Plains. Joel Kotkin writes in the Daily Beast:
Despite hopeful claims from density advocates that the Great Recession and the housing bust ended this trend, the latest census data shows that Americans have continued choosing places that are affordable enough to offer opportunity, and space. […]
Houston, Charlotte, Raleigh, Las Vegas, Nashville, and San Antonio…experienced increases in the number of college-educated residents of nearly 40 percent or more over the decade, roughly twice the level of growth as in “brain centers” such as Boston, San Francisco, San Jose (Silicon Valley), or Chicago. Atlanta, Houston, and Dallas each have added about 300,000 college grads in the past decade, more than greater Boston’s pickup of 240,000 or San Francisco’s 211,000.
Furthermore, Kotkin points out that educated elites have been drawn to these cities by the growth of “brown jobs” in the manufacturing, agriculture, and energy sectors. Add to this favorable climates, lower taxes and a higher quality of life, and it’s not hard to see why these cities still appeal to America’s best and brightest.