Meet the brain magnet that is metro Seattle


My colleague Gene Balk reported on how people from other states and countries have become the top drivers of growth in King County, more so than natives of Washington state. One of the back stories is that metro Seattle is attracting large numbers of college degree holders.

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue ranked 11th nationally in the share of out-of-state adults with a bachelor’s degree, according to a Brookings Institution analysis. A total of 48.1 percent of prime-age adults fit this category here. No. 1 was Silicon Valley, at 59 percent, followed by Washington, D.C., and Boston, both around 56 percent.

The average for 100 metro areas was 41 percent.

Meanwhile, 35.2 percent of in-state adults with bachelor’s degrees were counted in the metro area. That ranked us No. 17 among large metros in the differential. (The two numbers don’t comprise…


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