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Denver 9th In List Of Highest Percentage Of Residents With Graduate Degrees
By Richard Florida, Atlantic City Lab:
Brainpower is the fuel that fires today’s tech-driven knowledge economy. But it is also unevenly concentrated across America’s cities and metros, so much so that mayors and policy-makers have developed strategies specifically aimed at increasing their ability to attract, retain, and capture powerful brains.
We already know a lot about where college graduates and the creative class tend to concentrate. An even more rarified category of brainpower is made up of people with advanced graduate and professional degrees. While nearly 40 percent of Americans have a college degree and about a third of workers are members of the creative class, just 11 percent of adults 25 and over have a graduate or professional degree.
But where exactly are these super-brains located?
To get at this, my Martin Prosperity Institute (MPI) colleague Karen King used data from the 2011-2013 American Community Survey to identify the geography of the extremely highly educated across all 381 U.S. metros. MPI’s Isabel Ritchie made the maps, and we separated out the results for large metros with over one million people.
Washington, D.C., tops this list of large metros with 23 percent of residents holding an advanced or professional degree. Following closely behind are San Jose, Boston, San Francisco, and Hartford. Baltimore (home to Johns Hopkins), New York City, Raleigh in the North Carolina Research Triangle, Denver, and Rochester round out the top ten.
|Large Metro||Share of Graduate/Professional Degrees|
|San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara||20.7%|
|Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford||16.1%|
|New York-Newark-Jersey City||15.2%|
When you factor in medium and small metros too, Ithaca, NY comes in first, with nearly 30 percent (28.9 percent) of adults holding a graduate or professional degree. Next in line is Boulder (27.2 percent), followed by Ann Arbor, Michigan (26.5 percent); Corvallis, Oregon (23.2 percent); and Lawrence, Kansas (23.1 percent). Needless to say all of these are college towns.
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