Winner/Loser States Among College Grads (Psst…MD is Winning)

nyt-college-grads-movementA recent article from the New York Times data-driven “Upshot” section focuses on state demographics, and college graduates. It finds a general trend of newly college-educated workers moving southward and toward the coasts, and away from the more inland sections of the country.

Maryland is noted as among the “net winners” in the analysis.

From the article:

Many of the most skilled workers — young people with college degrees — are leaving struggling regions of America for cities, specifically for cities in Southern and coastal states.

There are clear economic reasons for their choice. Dense metro areas tend to produce more jobs and make workers more productive. Wages, for all kinds of workers, are also higher.

In theory, these incentives should prompt workers of all levels of education to move to metro areas. But moving outside one’s region is relatively rare these days, and even more rare for someone without a college degree.

The author, Quoctrung Bui, continues with a look at certain components driving the change — suggesting urban density is among the important drivers:

Generally, Rust Belt and Midwest states like Ohio, Michigan and Iowa, and Plains states like South Dakota and Nebraska have seen the largest net losses in younger, college-educated people.

The places that are gaining college graduates tend to be coastal and Southern states like California, Maryland, Texas and South Carolina. Two exceptions to this trend are New York and Massachusetts, states that also produce a large number of college graduates to begin with.

Read the full article online an the New York Times website.