Charleston Leads Nation In "Brain Gain"

Posted By Joe Eddleman @ Oct 11th 2011 12:22pm In: Mount Pleasant SC Information


Charleston Area


According to an article in The Post and Courier Newspaper, "The Charleston, North Charleston and Summerville metropolitan area had the greatest percentage-point increase in the nation over the past decade in the portion of residents who hold bachelor's degrees. Experts attribute the increase largely to more educated people moving here from other states." "The percentage of people in the area who hold a bachelor's degree grew by 6.9 percentage points to 31.9 percent between 2000 and 2010."

It is speculated that this increase is due to the large increase in highly educated people moving into the Charleston area from out of state, including retirees. Many of the retirees have opened up and started new businesses which bodes well for the future in terms of economic growth. 32% of the adult population hold a bachelors degree or higher which ranks Charleston 30th in the nation among the largest 100 metropolitan areas.

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