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Every metro clamors for “educated millennials,” but who has them?

  • ​$5 billion in development and up to 50,000 jobs—just two plans brought forth by a certain e-commerce behemoth currently hunting its second headquarters. Within its request for proposal, criteria included a population of at least 1.0 million, reasonable commuting times, airport proximity, connectivity, diversity, and a highly educated population. From a list of 238 bids, the company recently named 20 as “finalists”—Denver included.

  • That last requirement is an important one, repeatedly showing up on the list of “must haves” for any company considering where it will next call home. How does the Mile High City fare? Pretty impressively when measured among the nation’s 100 largest metro areas. Here at home, nearly one out of every two millennials are college graduates. Our 46.0-percent figure ranks behind only nine others. In fact, of the 24 states west of the Mississippi River, only one besides Colorado can claim a share of millennial college grads north of 40.0 percent.

  • Where will “HQ2” land? Everyone is staying tuned to find out. But, clearly, the remaining 20 hopefuls are metros in which college-educated millennials cluster. 

Source: JLL Research, The Brookings Institution​

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