Where Generation Y Is Headed
Around half of all Michigan college students now leave the state after graduating, according to a Detroit News report from April. Where did the 14,000 Michigan graduates who packed their bags and left the state in 2008 all go?
Matthew Neagel is a researcher at a local think tank in Ann Arbor called Michigan Future. He says most graduates headed to a handful of major urban centers.
“About 35% of graduates are going to what I would call the big three, which is Chicago, the west coast and New York.”
Neagle says these cities offer generation Y exactly what they want – a lively and affordable place to live that’s easy to get around without a car and near a major urban area.
Research backs him up. A list of the best places for college-educated 20- to 29-year-olds put together by Richard Florida put big cities such as San Francisco, Washington, Boston, Los Angeles and New York on top.
Of all the hot cities, Chicago seems to be the most attractive to Michigan graduates. There are more Michigan State University graduates there than any other city in the U.S.
For more information, check out Michigan Future Inc.’s website and the report titled ‘Young Talent in Great Lakes: How Michigan Is Faring?‘
- Ohio Uses Wrong Tool in Brain Drain Battle (November 3, 2009)
- Midwest v 2.0: New Innovations, Re-energized Workforce, Sustainable Future Event (November 12, 2009)
- Is Michigan a ‘Sticky’ State? (October 29, 2009)
- ‘Selling Detroit’ (November 18, 2009)
- Detroit’s Staggering Number of Unemployed Per Job Posting (December 9, 2009)