Milwaukee area sees big gains in number of younger college graduates

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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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