A few years ago, we touched on
how little Cleveland's downtown population of young professionals had grown over the course of a decade: The city's core added only 1,300 "college-educated people ages 25 to 34" from 2000 to 2011.
Nowadays, you can't throw an artisanal donut downtown without hitting a new apartment complex or row of townhouses. But the region as a whole is still moving sluggishly in terms of attracting young professionals.
Now, via the City Observatory's The Young and the Restless and the Nation's Cities report
, published today, Census data is put into context: Most metropolitan areas in the U.S. are walloping us in that precious demographic.
From 2000 to 2012, per the report, Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor (depressing Census bedfellows) saw a rise of 1 percent in its 25- to 34-year-old, college-educated population. Here's a sampling of the contrast
we're up against:
Houston: 50 percent
Denver: 47 percent
Buffalo: 34 percent
Pittsburgh: 29 percent
Providence: 6 percent
Detroit's metro area lands at -10 percent, so we've got that sense of accomplishment going for us.