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Lexington named a ‘brain hub’

There’s another reason for prospective Transylvania students to love Lexington. The city recently ranked No. 9 in the nation among metro areas with the highest percentage of workers with a bachelor’s degree or higher. The ranking was published in The Wall Street Journal and comes from an analysis of census and Labor Department data by Edward Glaeser, professor of economics at Harvard University.

“The emergence of well-educated ‘brain hubs’ over the past few decades has widened their advantage over much of the rest of the country, leaving them better off through the recession and primed for future growth,” said the WSJ article. “A select number of high-flying places are hoarding a growing share of the nation’s most valuable workers, best-paying jobs and attracting a lopsided share of new investment and young companies.”

Brad Goan, vice president for enrollment and dean of admissions, pointed out that Transylvania’s location near downtown Lexington is important when prospective students are searching for a college home. “The opportunities available for internships, part-time jobs, research projects, alumni connections, entertainment, and many other urban experiences provide a benefit that few other small liberal arts colleges can match.”

The brain hub listing is the latest of a number of top rankings for Lexington that include:
No. 1 best city for finding a job (Forbes Magazine, 2011)
No. 2 best city for education (Parenting, 2010)
No. 6 best city for college graduates (The Daily Beast, 2011)
No. 7 best metro city for quality of life (Business Facilities, 2010)
Top 10 college towns (Relocate America, 2010)
No. 13 top hotspots for young, talented workers (NextCities, 2009)
100 best communities for young people (America’s Promise Alliance, 2008)

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