The Wall Avenue Journal simply ran an attention-grabbing interactive characteristic the place faculty grads transfer after commencement. They checked out 445 faculties, and tracked locations by metro space. They found that graduates, notably from stronger faculties, are flocking to main metro areas. The Massive East, Ivy League, Pac-12, Massive-12, ACC, and Massive Ten are throughout 70% in sending faculty grads to main metro areas (however see under for caveats).
The Ivy League grads are much more concentrated. 1 / 4 of all Ivy League grads dwell in New York, Washington, or San Francisco. Right here’s the WSJ map of cities the place greater than 2% of Harvard grads go.
Relative to inhabitants, Washington, San Francisco, and Boston punch nicely above their weight. Washington is available in #2 to NYC within the variety of faculties sending greater than 2% of their grads there.
Alas, the Journal chosen an unlucky definition of main metro. They outline them as the highest 55 metro areas, plus the most important metro within the state, plus the most important metro in any state with out one within the high 55, excluding Alaska. I don’t know anybody else slicing knowledge this fashion. A extra typical technique could be to have a look at metro areas with greater than 1,000,000 individuals, of which there are 53. There are some clear midsized and decrease tier cities under that on the Journal’s listing, so the midsize metropolis advocates are additionally going to say this knowledge for themselves. I can perceive why they’d need to embrace each state, however this definition of main metro raises questions on evaluation primarily based on it. I wish to see a re-slice, or higher yet one more area of their interactive software to permit readers to set threshold sizes.
I’m additionally not fairly certain what the graphs for faculties imply. They’re labeled as “Share of alumni in every metro space.” The highest bucket is larger than 50%, but some faculties (e.g., Wisconsin) have a number of cities in that class.
Faculty vs. Faculty
I performed round with evaluating faculties, notably throughout the similar state. If we take a look at Michigan and Michigan State for instance, we see U of M’s stronger east coast hyperlinks.
Taking a look at Indiana vs. Purdue, we see that Purdue has an even bigger nationwide footprint.
I’ve talked about earlier than that Indianapolis and Columbus draw migrants overwhelmingly from inside their very own states. The faculty draw maps affirm this.
In equity, each area within the 1-2 million vary I checked out was a regional draw. Right here’s Nashville.
Town knowledge appear to be comply with some sort of gravity mannequin primarily based on dimension and distance, so lots of the maps look vaguely the identical with totally different origin factors. Nonetheless, it’s enjoyable to have a look at. Test it out.