The 10 metro areas highly-educated people flock to — and NYC ain’t one of ’em

Here's where the smarties are moving to when they decide to pack up their bags

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Domestic migration is at the lowest level since 1948, when one in five people packed up and crossed state lines, a new report from City Lab finds.

The most likely people to move are highly-educated — those who’ve obtained a bachelor’s degree or higher — and, according to data by the Martin Prosperity Institute, these are the top 10 metro areas they head off to when they get the itch to discover new horizons.

1. Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO

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2. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA


3. San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA


4. Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ

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5. Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX

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6. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

7. Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC

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8. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach


9. Raleigh-Cary, NC

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10. Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX

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[City Lab] — E.K. Hudson