Study: IN. counties with college educated residents attract similar people, jobs
In Indiana, college graduates are more likely to live in the same neighborhoods, boosting employment and economic opportunities, says a new report from Ball State University. The Relationship Between Educational Attainment & Wages, a report by Ball State’s Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER), found that in 2014, five of the top 10 highest earning counties in Indiana also had the most educated populations. The report notes that LaPorte County was 38th in educational attainment at 17.1 percent and 45th in per capita income at $23,074. Law’s study also found that Indiana counties with lower levels of educational attainment also had significantly lower levels of income. The 10 Indiana counties with the lowest educational attainment (averaging 10.2 percent of residents with a bachelor’s degree or higher) have an average per capita income of $20,660. By comparison, the 10 Indiana counties with the highest educational attainment (averaging 34.7 percent) have an average per capita income of $28,973.
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