Kansas City and St. Louis share an interstate, an Amtrak line and weather patterns. A new report on cities says the similarities end there.
"The State of Metropolitan America," a study from the Brookings Institution, includes a classification of cities which emphasizes demographics over geography (Rust Belt, plains, etc.). The seven categories are based on population growth rates, levels of racial and ethnic diversity and college-degree completion.
The Brookings authors identified Kansas City as "New Heartland," growing
and educated but with smaller Hispanic and Asian populations than other places. The New Heartland includes Des Moines, Minneapolis-St.
Paul, Indianapolis and Charlotte, among other cities.
St. Louis fell in the "Skilled Anchor" category. These cities are typified by slower growth, lower diversity and higher educational
attainment. Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Akron and New Haven are other Skilled Anchors.
The Brookings authors encourage leaders in metropolitan areas to "capitalize on their demographic strengths and address their population
The authors also suggest that cities should not necessarily look next door to find a peer. "Greenville may have more to learn from Little Rock than from Charleston,
and Orlando might look to Phoenix rather than Miami," the report says.
So keep it to yourself, Joe Buck.
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