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Look to these metros for millennial talent

  • ​​Millennials are more likely to have a bachelor’s degree or higher when compared to previous generations. Expected to make up 75.0 percent of workers by 2020, companies find themselves chasing this educated labor pool. Which begs the question: where are the educated millennials?

  • In a recent report, the Brookings Institute examined educational attainment among millennials, specifically among 25 to 34 year olds, in the 100 largest metropolitan areas. For metros in the Top 10, a minimum of 45.0 percent of their millennial population has a college degree.

  • Sticking with the 100 largest metros, we took a look at how millennial educational attainment has shifted in the last year. Using data from the 2016 American Community Survey, we found five metros moved up, three were the same, and two fell in the rankings. Of the original Top 10, the Raleigh metro had the greatest gain in position, moving up from 8th to 6th place. Despite these fluctuations, eight metros maintained a position among the top cities with the greatest concentration of educated millennials, and Boston held on to its number one slot. Bridgeport, CT and Pittsburgh made the cut, knocking out Hartford, CT and Denver.

  • Find the Brookings report here

Source: JLL Research, Brookings Institute, 2016 American Community Survey​

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