Milwaukee area sees big gains in number of younger college graduates

Lauren Williams's picture
Friday, May 17, 2013

The number of younger college graduates in the Milwaukee metropolitan area increased substantially during a recent five-year period, ranking it as No. 16 in such growth among the nation's 100 largest metro areas, according to a new analysis conducted by USA Today.

The Milwaukee area increased the number of residents ages 20 to 30 with a bachelor's degree or higher by 45.3% from 2006 to 2011, giving it a total of 59,767 such residents, the newspaper reported, citing Census Bureau data. That increase compares with an average increase of 17% for all areas.

Based on the counts, the No. 1 area for growth was New York, which added 199,926 residents - a 25.6% increase, USA Today said. Chicago ranked No. 2, with 96,542 residents, or a 27% increase.

Among the top 20 metro areas, Milwaukee had the second-largest percentage increase. It trailed San Antonio, Texas, which recorded a 48.5% increase.

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