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Study finds young educated adult population up in Buffalo-Niagara region

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A new study has good news for the Buffalo-Niagara region's future.  The report finds the population of young educated adults in the Buffalo-Niagara region has grown leaving the area in a good position for economic growth and revitalization.

The study by a group called "City Observatory" is called "The Young and the Restless."  Researchers used data from the recently released American Community Survey.  The report "examines population change in the 51 metropolitan areas with 1 million or more population, and focuses on the change in population in close-in neighborhoods, those places within 3 miles of the center of each metropolitan area’s primary central business district."   

The study notes the number of 25-to-34-year-olds living in the Buffalo-Niagara region who have earned a bachelor degree grew by one-third or 33.5% between the years 2000 and 2012, from just over 44,000 to nearly 59,000 young educated adults.

The bottom line figures translate to a growing-percentage of the region's population now falling into the young educated adult category, a change that puts Buffalo-Niagara on a list of the top metropolitan areas with the highest percentage of overall population consisting of well-educated young adults, traits that are seen as fueling economic growth and urban revitalization.

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