We're gaining brains. Lots of 'em.

Forbes columnist Joel Kotkin has compiled a ranking of U.S. cities based on "brain gain," or the number of college-educated people moving into and out of the country's largest MSAs. Nashville grades out very well, along with a number of other Sun Belt cities: Our in-migration has been almost triple New York's and more than five times L.A.'s.

And wherever these college graduates migrate, they are at least as likely to settle outside the urban core. Another overlooked fact: Most places with the highest percentages of college-educated people are in suburbs. Only two of the 20 most-educated counties in the country are located in the urban core: New York (Manhattan) and San Francisco. Virtually all the rest are suburban.

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Will the Urbanistas notice

Will the Urbanistas notice the 2nd part of this post before they start talking about the progressiveness of urban life and the soullessness of the suburbs?

I'm sure it's to gain a lot

I'm sure it's to gain a lot of new brains. Wouldn't it be great to find a few who could use them?

SouthernIndie's assessment is

SouthernIndie's assessment is on target, but the key will be getting the employers of all those brains to leave NE and come to TN, bringing all the brains with them. Once said employers see the advantages of being down here, even with the current, but fixable drawbacks, they should come a'runnin'.
 

This winter's snows in NE

This winter's snows in NE should draw
even more! Although expensive even here
cost still much less than other areas!

SouthernIndie's assessment is

SouthernIndie's assessment is on target, but the key will be getting the employers of all those brains to leave NE and come to TN, bringing all the brains with them. Once said employers see the advantages of being down here, even with the current, but fixable drawbacks, they should come a'runnin'.

Kottkin is right that

Kottkin is right that suburban areas are seeing great increases in the number of smarties moving to them.

What Kottkin sometimes overlooks is that you can't be a suburb to nowhere.

Suburbs, exurbs and cities need to appreciate their interdependence, instead of getting into pissing matches about who's better. You're all part of the same ecosystem, y'all!

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