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San Jose Ranks High for Educated Population, with a Large Share Relocating from within State and Abroad

Due to high economic growth and a large cluster of technology companies, many highly educated people are moving from other countries to the Bay Area seeking opportunity.

November 20, 2019
  • It is not surprising that the metro areas of Boulder, Ann Arbor, Corvallis, Ames, Ithaca and Iowa City all rank among the highest in the nation for the largest share of people aged 25 years and older with at least a bachelor’s degree given that they are well-known college towns. 
  • The San Jose metro area comes in seventh behind these areas with 50.8% holding a bachelor’s or higher in 2017.
  • Due to high economic growth and a large cluster of technology companies, many highly educated people are moving from other countries to the Bay Area seeking opportunity. In fact, San Jose ranked 13th in the nation for the share of people with at least a bachelor’s degree moving from abroad at 9.2%.
  • Although highly educated people continue to move to the Bay Area from outside the state, many are already residing in California. In 2017, 24.1% of the population with bachelor’s degrees or higher in San Jose moved from within the state. 

Source: JLL Research

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