Nowadays, you can't throw an artisanal donut downtown without hitting a new apartment complex or row of townhouses. But the region as a whole is still moving sluggishly in terms of attracting young professionals.
Now, via the City Observatory's The Young and the Restless and the Nation's Cities report, published today, Census data is put into context: Most metropolitan areas in the U.S. are walloping us in that precious demographic.
From 2000 to 2012, per the report, Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor (depressing Census bedfellows) saw a rise of 1 percent in its 25- to 34-year-old, college-educated population. Here's a sampling of the contrast we're up against:
Houston: 50 percentDetroit's metro area lands at -10 percent, so we've got that sense of accomplishment going for us.
Denver: 47 percent
Buffalo: 34 percent
Pittsburgh: 29 percent
Providence: 6 percent