Category: Data

Eds & Meds in the Transformation of Industrial Cities

By: Marian Kansas, Consultant

Alan Mallach’s book The Divided City: Poverty and Prosperity in Urban America explores the rise and fall of America’s industrial cities. For us, it was an illuminating read on economic development, especially as Avalanche is advising communities across the Rust Belt.

We were especially interested in the chapter “From Factories to Eds and Meds.” Cities with rich histories like Baltimore, Cleveland and Pittsburgh have been able to weather the difficult transition in part because of their strong higher education and healthcare sectors (“eds and meds”).

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New Census Data Finds Millennials Moving to the Suburbs

Census data released last week finds that urban growth is slowing down, and the millennial population is increasingly leaving big cities for suburbs or smaller metros.

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Which 20 Metros are Gaining and Losing the Most Young Professionals? (…and the Reason Why)

By John Rees, Research Director

During the past decade, talent has become the most important drivers of economic vibrancy. Regions such as Austin and Seattle are rock star metros thanks in part to their ability to provide employers with seemingly endless pools of smart young professionals. Having a growing pool of talent is especially important in an era when labor is scarce and more difficult to attract. The US unemployment rate remains near a historic low, and the proportion of Americans who move each year has fallen by approximately 50% over the past 40 years.

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Data Reveals Positive Trends Despite Income Inequality

Income inequality in American has grown over the past few decades, but new data is showing signs of recovery for low-income and working-class Americans.

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Research Finds Where College Grads are Living and Where The College Grad Population is Growing

Source: U.S. Census (David H. Montgomery/CityLab)

While some of the cities with the highest number of college graduates are easy to guess, the cities where college grads are growing is more surprising.

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Research Finds Startups Cluster Around Transit

New research examines five startup hubs, two without many transitoptions, two with decent transit, and one with extensive transit, and find that public transit stops are not only useful for moving people around, but also promote job creation.

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