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February 12, 2013

Plain Dealer: Cleveland Young Adults Moving In

Migration of 25-34 year olds into and from Cuyahoga County

A then soon-to-be-released report from the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is discussed in the Cleveland Plain Dealer's article "Cleveland's urban scene gets a boost from young adults moving in" on January 21, 2013. The report's author and recent Poverty Center researcher Richey Piiparinen is interviewed.

Though the 2010 Census shows the overall population of Cleveland is declining, young adults are moving into certain Cleveland neighborhoods and inner-ring suburbs, with the highest rates among minorities. While people aged 35 to 44 continue to move further from the city's core, the influx of 25 to 34 year olds might be a foundation to build on and a trend to encourage.

"We're talking about an infusion of fresh blood," Piiparinen explained. "Circulation of people is something we've been languishing in. That may be changing."

The article notes Asian Americans may have had the greatest impact, demonstrating that while Cuyahoga County lost nearly 10,000 young adults in total, it gained 3,000 young Asians.

Piiparinen finds this very remarkable. "It's a plus-3,000 in a shrinking region for a single group in a single race. Think about that."

Piiparinen also sees a "green flow" as a foundation to build upon. This "green flow" is represented in maps the Poverty Center generated for the report from Census data, showing paths of neighborhoods and suburban municipalities that are attracting an immigration of young adults, not just from other areas of the region but also from other states and countries. The map shown above will be included in the upcoming report.

"Instead of focusing on the 'don't leave' strategy that never works, focus on the people who are coming in. Why are they coming?

"You draw young people," Piiparinen said, "the capital will follow."

The Center's Briefly Stated report Mapping Human Capital: Where Northeast Ohio's Young and Middle-Age Adults are Migrating was released in February 2013. This report expands on research done in 2012 and released in Not Dead Yet - The Infill of Cleveland's Urban Core.

The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is a research center at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work at Case Western Reserve University.