Category: Demographics

Black Household Incomes are on the Rise

Despite persistent income inequality in America, recent U.S. Census data finds that Black household income has grown over the past few years.

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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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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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Entrepreneurs are Moving Home, Away from Major Startup Hubs

Smaller cities are becoming more supportive of entrepreneurs, especially in terms of access to capital, leading Midwest entrepreneurs to return or stay home rather than relocate to a coastal startup hub.

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How to Make Cities Work for Everyone

Cities are increasingly catering to wealthy, college-educated workers and their millennial preferences over the needs of people of color and families, but we can take steps to make cities more diverse and family-friendly.

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Major Metros are Losing Population, Especially Workers Without Degrees

Majors metros like New York City and San Francisco are losing population, likely because only highly educated workers in high demand fields can afford to live there.

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New Research Maps Brain Drain and Brain Gain Across the US

Access to talent continues to be a hot topic in the economic development world, and new research shows which states are gaining college educated talent and which states are losing talent.

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Proposals for Affordable Housing and Challenges to Zoning Create a Stir in Silicon Valley

It’s no secret that housing is scarce and expensive in the Bay Area, but how does that affect Silicon Valley’s only affordable neighborhood? Controversy is surrounding one Silicon Valley community, East Palo Alto, after California’s SB 50 Housing bill passed its second committee hearing.

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