College Graduates Not Picky About What Cities They Move To

June 4th, 2015

A new study finds that, at least since the economic downturn of 2008, college graduates are moving to big cities simply because there are a lot of jobs in them. In the 1990’s, college graduates were moving to cities with growing economies and with flourishing tech sectors. To attract graduates, cities were doing things like developing hip art districts. Now, such efforts on the part of cities matter less since graduates are less picky and just want to be where there are a lot of jobs. It doesn’t really matter what types of jobs.

Personally, I think that there is too much emphasis on the part of city governments to attract college graduates. There is a conventional wisdom that attracting educated young people is a great way to improve a city, but this is not necessarily true. Sam Tabar sees that, obviously, young people in cities become middle-aged and often move out to the suburbs to start a family after a few years. So, the city hasn’t really accomplished much.

In my opinion, cities should do more to keep families in cities. They can do this by offering tax incentives, improving local schools and developing parks and other green areas. Before the 1950’s, many families lived in cities. This way of life could return to the benefit of all. Cities can be more than just a place for workers to commute to once again.

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