Where the grads are

They go where other grads are, probably because that's where the jobs are.  This brain drain prevents many cities from prospering, and it may explain why it's so difficult to improve a state's higher education attainment level.  College graduates are more mobile, after all.  It may also be the reason people told me that when I moved here from Iowa, the average intelligence in both states went up.  Ba-doom Pshh.  From The New York Times.

As College Graduates Cluster, Some Cities Are Left Behind
Dayton sits on one side of a growing divide among American cities, in which a small number of metro areas vacuum up a large number of college graduates, and the rest struggle to keep those they have.

The winners are metro areas like Raleigh, N.C., San Francisco and Stamford, Conn., where more than 40 percent of the adult residents have college degrees. The Raleigh area has a booming technology sector and several major research universities; San Francisco has been a magnet for college graduates for decades; and metropolitan Stamford draws highly educated workers from white-collar professions in New York like finance.

Metro areas like Bakersfield, Calif., Lakeland, Fla., and Youngstown, Ohio, where less than a fifth of the adult residents have college degrees, are being left behind. The divide shows signs of widening as college graduates gravitate to places with many other college graduates and the atmosphere that creates.

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