Charts: A Middle Class Measure For School Reform
Chicago Magazine's Whet Moser dug up this chart, variations of which you may have seen before, noting that not only do big metro areas vary widely in terms of what percentages of their residents live in the central city -- 30 percent in LA and 43 percent in New York -- but also what percentages of their core residents have college educations and stay (or arrive) with school age kids.
His prime example of course is Chicago, which has 30 percent of metro residents, a reasonably high rate of college educated adults (also 30 percent) but just 16 percent of college educated parents with school age kids. The parent flight problem is just as bad or worse in other places, however, including Washington DC. New York City and -- yes -- Charlotte do really well by comparison. (Denver's not listed here, I wonder what it's numbers would look like.)