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...

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...

December 10, 2017

In our previous post, we looked at productivity by metro and identified the types of occupations that are more prevalent in high production metros. Today, we will look at how productivity translates into real income using the Census Bureau’s ACS 1-year data.

As a reminder, here is how our largest metros (those with a population of at least 1 million) broke...

September 11, 2017

It is not often that potential economic development deals reach the top of the national news, but Amazon’s announcement that they will be looking for a second headquarters did just that.

In case you missed it, Amazon announced they were asking large metros (with at least 1 million people) in North America to submit requests for proposal to be their second...

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