The Wall Avenue Journal simply ran an fascinating interactive characteristic the place school 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 Huge East, Ivy League, Pac-12, Huge-12, ACC, and Huge Ten are throughout 70% in sending school grads to main metro areas (however see beneath for caveats).
The Ivy League grads are much more concentrated. 1 / 4 of all Ivy League grads stay 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 properly 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 information this fashion. A extra typical methodology could be to have a look at metro areas with greater than 1,000,000 folks, of which there are 53. There are some clear midsized and decrease tier cities beneath that on the Journal’s listing, so the midsize metropolis advocates are additionally going to assert this information for themselves. I can perceive why they might wish to embody 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 one more subject of their interactive instrument to permit readers to set threshold sizes.
I’m additionally not fairly positive what the graphs for faculties imply. They’re labeled as “Proportion 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.
School vs. School
I performed round with evaluating faculties, notably throughout the identical state. If we take a look at Michigan and Michigan State for instance, we see U of M’s stronger east coast hyperlinks.
Indiana vs. Purdue, we see that Purdue has a much bigger nationwide footprint.
I’ve talked about earlier than that Indianapolis and Columbus draw migrants overwhelmingly from inside their very own states. The school draw maps verify this.
In equity, each area within the 1-2 million vary I checked out was a regional draw. Right here’s Nashville.
The town information appear like observe some sort of gravity mannequin primarily based on dimension and distance, so most of the maps look vaguely the identical with totally different origin factors. However, it’s enjoyable to have a look at. Test it out.