Brain Gain: Miami Ranks #1 For Growth In College Graduates, Census Data Shows

The college-educated population is growing much faster in Miami than any other city in the U.S., according to a new analysis of census data by Citylab.

The study analyzed both the number of college graduates and those with advanced graduate degrees moving to America’s biggest cities. Miami was the top ranked city by both metrics.

Overall, Miami’s college-educated population grew 46.3% in just five years, from 2012 to 2017. That is far higher than any other U.S. city (second place Austin saw an increase of 35.1%).

The growth rate in Miami for those with advanced degrees is even faster. During the same five year period, Miami’s population with graduate degrees increased 47.1% – also the highest in the U.S.

The study only looked at growth within Miami city limits. The Miami metro area as a whole didn’t see the same type of growth, ranking 33rd among large metros with 9 percent growth of college grads.

 

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Anonymous
2 years ago

Would love to see retention rates as well

Anonymous
2 years ago

“Growing much faster than other cities” — this means we’re growing faster based on a percentage increase, which isn’t surprising given how brain-dead the region is overall. The fact that it likely isn’t obvious to most readers and had to be explained in this post shows the problem here.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Right on.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Exactly. It may be that the numbers had nowhere to go but up.

marc
2 years ago

I’m tired of seeing contrary publications every other month. Pick a subject and you’ll find one publication asserting one thing in a couple months there’s another asserting the opposite.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yeah, it’s all about from what perspective you look at things. This is good news; however, do we keep them here or do they move to cities with corporate growth?

Anonymous
2 years ago

That’s exactly the problem. Once here, where can they work? Not very many corporations in need of college grads. “Logistics” (a fancy word for shipping) is growing, but it’s really just warehouse jobs. A couple of chiefs and lots of Indians. Very little corporate growth of major companies. The fun-in-the-sun that brought them here will not be enough to keep them.

Anonymous
2 years ago

What good are these numbers if we’re unable to keep them here? Corporations look for the brightest and best in every field. For us to keep them here we must first attract those corporations. As good as we are, we must do better in attracting major businesses. To attract these mega corporations Miami must do more to shed the party image and do a much better job in getting the word out.

Anonymous
2 years ago

We don’t have to shed the party scene. We can have both.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Except for all evidence shows that more and more educated people are moving to the city of Miami.
It’s great to see schools like MIT, Kellogg, and Babson College offering programs and attracting so much talent.
That the Kauffman Foundation, eMerge, 500 Startups, and Knight Foundation, are recognizing and enabling such great tech infrastructure is also encouraging.

Anonymous
2 years ago

YEAH !!!! Are eggs currently good for you or not ??!! What about Chinese food !!??

Anonymous
2 years ago

But thriftyspendingapartmentrenter.com rated miami the top city for millenial cat owners!!! You’re telling me you don’t want to hear about that?!?!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yes, because college graduates love to live in a city in which wage rise trails national average.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Can anyone please tell me what is that building under construction?
I’ve never seen it either

Anonymous
2 years ago

X Miami – Property Markets Group – Completed 2018

Anonymous
2 years ago

Thanks

Anonymous
2 years ago

Then why post an old photo to confuse and irritate?

Anonymous
2 years ago

And Richard Florida is surprised.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Hahahahahahahaha! Man, you guys kill me. Talk about spin. Yeah, given how dumb the population is down here, it wouldn’t take much to see a 900% increase overnight. Are you kidding me? The vast overnight increase is more telling of how bad it was to begin with…let’s see the absolute numbers and stop being an Azzz with the percentages. And of course the losers on here are celebrating until they find out that even with the increase the area has less educated people than any metro of any size or importance. Insane.

Anonymous
2 years ago

It’s the Cuban culture. Abuelitos like to tell each other my granddaughter graduated to this – the other abuelito; my grandson is studying to do that…

Anonymous
2 years ago

Good to hear. Can anyone tell me what that building is in the lower left corner, and where? I don’t remember ever seeing it. Please tell me it isn’t a garage.

Anonymous
2 years ago

That’s the MDC Idea Center. It has no garage.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Thank you.

marc
2 years ago

It’s a Miami Dade College building.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Thank you. Love the design. Has it been around for awhile?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yes

Anonymous
2 years ago

It looks like a prison, complementing their main campus building and Federal Detention Center very well.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yeah, I bet all In Social Media degrees…

Anonymous
2 years ago

No …there was a Social Media guy who was whining that he cant afford Downtown Miami sooo .Hes taken his Insta-talents to Ft. Lauderdale beach.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I bet you’re a hater democrat

ehok
2 years ago

According to this comment section you’d probably think otherwise

Charlotte Tomic
2 years ago

Great news!!! Amazon come on down!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Don’t hold your breath

Anonymous
2 years ago

A lot of bad graduates too…

Anonymous
2 years ago

Why do you say that ? Hate, Envy ? Is a Hispanic city so how dare this is true ?

Anonymous
2 years ago

im hispanic..and i wrote the prior message. My comment had nothing to do with Miami being a hispanic community but rather wih the fact that our universities are not producing top tier talent here. A lot kids coming out with degrees and dont know squat. That is all.

Anonymous
2 years ago

College degree won’t assure you anything , the rest is on you ….. we live in a very very competitive world with many people educated , EQ is more important today’s days than IQ

Anonymous
2 years ago

Anyone who has lived in Brickell since 2012 or more has noticed a major influx of educated people coming back to Miami after school, or just moving for the excellent quality of life.
Whiners will whine.
They whine that there is a “brain drain”, then given evidence that there isn’t, they will whine about retention. Then they will get the evidence that people are staying and starting families, they will whine that …..who knows.

One thing that will never change is, that whiners whine.

Really???
2 years ago

The problem is that the Citylab is a bit misleading as this article pointed out here:

“The study only looked at growth within Miami city limits. The Miami metro area as a whole didn’t see the same type of growth, ranking 33rd among large metros with 9 percent growth of college grads.”

In Miami during the times they are looking at (2012-2017) there has been a lot of growth in Miami. During the last downturn we had tons of overbuilt supply downtown in the city limits of Miami.

So essentially you have all the educated people in Miami moving to live downtown. But as they show from the metro Numbers there aren’t tons of new educated people actually moving to Miami.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Downtown is just a small portion of Miami Dade county

Really???
2 years ago

That’s the point. This article isn’t talking about Miami Dade County, its only talking about the city of Miami. So if you move from anywhere in Miami Dade County to anywhere withing the city of Miami (for example moving from Doral to Coral Gables) they would count that as adding a “new” person.

Again when you back out and look at the metro area of Miami we rank 33rd among large metros meaning below average.

Anonymous
2 years ago

City of Miami ftw! Suck it rest of Miami-Dade county.