Chicago is winning the "young and restless"

Attracting a young, educated workforce is critical to a city’s economic success, and Chicago is doing well on this indicator, according to a recent study commissioned by the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce (pdf file).

Chicago gained over 58,000 college-educated 25- to 34-year olds from 1990 to 2000. Only San Francisco and Atlanta attracted more of this key demographic. Los Angeles’ share of this group declined during the decade.

Chicago accounted for 3% of the 25- to 34-year olds who relocated to Atlanta. According to focus groups, housing affordability and weather were among Atlanta’s attractions.