Data point showing loss of college grads draws attention from KC leaders

Some civic and business leaders in Kansas City are puzzled by a recent data point suggesting the city lost more college graduates than it gained in 2016.

Despite growth in most other key metrics, and a net gain of college graduates in 2015, the city saw a net loss of 4,000 college graduates in 2016, the most recent year for which data is available.

That puts Kansas City 30th out of 31 peer cities in that category.

Frank Lenk, director of research for the Mid-America Regional Council, pointed out that one year does not indicate a trend. Some observers have suggested potential causes like a high number of baby boomers retiring and moving from the city in 2016.

But the number was enough to attract the attention of John Murphy, co-chair of KC Rising, a group established to improve the city’s economic growth, who promised, “we will do better.”

Read more: Kansas City Star


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