Tuesday, November 11, 2003

American cities are competing fiercely with each other for young well-educated tech entrepreneurs. Who are the winners and losers? According to this interesting article, the big winners (the "brain gain" cities) include Seattle, Austin, Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Minneapolis, San Diego, San Francisco, Washington, Ann Arbor, MI, and Raleigh-Durham, N.C., whereas the biggest losers (the "brain drain" cities) are Cleveland, Baltimore, Buffalo, Detroit, Hartford, CT, Milwaukee, Miami, Newark, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and Stockton, CA, with predictable effects on their respective local economies.

According to the article, the winning cities "tend to have a high percentage of residents who are artists, writers and musicians, as well as large and visible gay communities. They often have pedestrian neighborhoods, with good food, live music and theater. The percentage of foreign-born residents is also high in these cities, reflecting a significant population of college-educated imports." (Via IPList.)