An increase of over 8,000 young adults with Bachelor's Degrees or higher between 2000 and 2010 has propelled Louisville into first place in the rate of improvement among its peer cities. For the first time, Louisville produced and attracted similar numbers of educated young adults as perennial top tier cities Charlotte and Columbus - a substantial accomplishment.
21st Century Jobs
A peer city comparison of employment in professional and technical jobs shows Louisville has moved up one place since the last report, continuing its advanced up the peer cities ranking from 12th to 8th place since 2000, with about 37% of its residents employed in these types of jobs, still short of the 40% goal.
Quality of Place
While Louisville's population grew 7% over the last decade, many surrounding counties grew at a faster rate and the city lost ground in its share of the region's 1.2 million population. If this trend continues, it could threaten the core density that is crucial to a city's vitality.
This snapshot in time, based on data and estimates from several sources, shows that a third of the 10,100 children born in Jefferson County in a typical year will not graduate from high school. Another third will pursue a postsecondary degree or credential but not graduate. At the end of the pipeline, 25%—or one in four—will earn a postsecondary degree or credential necessary to compete for 21st century jobs.