April 12, 2019

In previous posts we have discussed the Great Separation where the largest metros in the U.S. seem to have grouped themselves into six very divergent economic growth categories. In this post we will take a closer look at 6 metros, one from each group, to see to see what a more detailed look tells us.

We stayed near the middle of the country in selecting ou...

March 20, 2019

In previous posts in this series we looked at how the nation’s largest metro areas have grouped themselves into different cohorts with very different growth trajectories. We discussed changes in the broader economy that are causing this separation and we discussed how a talented workforce is key to a metro’s economic growth. Today we will focus the types...

March 15, 2019

Educational Attainment

In our previous posts we have discussed the Great Separation where the economies of the largest U.S. metros are diverging and growing at very different rates. We discussed how these metros are always looking for talent (a high skilled workforce) to grow the new idea-based economy. In this post we will look at how these metros are doi...

March 4, 2019

In our last post we introduced the idea of the great separation where the largest metros that drive the U.S. economy are starting to grow at radically different rates. We identified 8 metros (the Great 8) that seem to have separated themselves from the others and are achieving greater economic growth in this new idea-based economy. 

In this post I wan...

February 27, 2019

The top 53 metros in the U.S. (those with a population of at least 1 million) account for two-thirds of the nation’s GDP. Needless to say, the economic performance of these large metros will determine the economic performance of the nation. Overall, these metros have helped guide the U.S. economy to a steady, sustained recovery that is nearly 10 years old...

October 2, 2018

The recently released Gross Domestic Product (GDP) numbers by metro show the usual suspects are continuing to grow their economies at a faster rate. The tech powerhouses, San Jose, Austin and Seattle lead all large metros (those with at least 1 million people) in GDP growth between 2016 and 2017. Each of these metros grew by at least 5 percent. San Antoni...

June 9, 2018

The US economy is in the ninth year of expansion. This expansion is certainly notable for its duration- it is the longest expansion since the 1990’s. But this expansion will also likely be known for largely excluding the middle class.

Using American Community Survey data from the Census Bureau, we can see that this current expansion has resulted in growth...

May 9, 2018

The US economy just set a record for job openings (there were 6.6 million of them at the end of March). The labor market is red hot right now and that is very evident in our largest metros. All 53 large metros (those with at least 1 million residents) added jobs in the year ending in March with a combined growth rate of 1.7 percent.

Austin was the fastest...

March 25, 2018

Following up on the large metro migration analysis we did last week, we now look at the migration patterns for the mid-sized metros with populations between 500,000 and 1 million. 

Again, using the U.S. Census Bureau's recently released population estimates, we first take a look at total population change between 2016 and 2017.

The five mid-sized metros in...

March 23, 2018

Sunbelt metros continue to see the most population growth.

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