In May 2010, Brookings Institute released their new report, their State of Metropolitan America, and it induced a new classification of US cities. The new study deemphasizes location, and heightens the importance of current levels on key categories.
Those categories are:
• population growth rates
• racial and ethnic diversity
• rate of obtaining college degrees
By measuring those key factors, along with other research into the city, they have classified the cities.
I have lived in Louisville for many years, and am currently moving to DC. There is a stark difference between the cities, and it’s underscored by the Brookings study.
Washington DC: The only city east of the Mississippi that is a ‘Next Frontier’ city. Labeled as such because of the hight education attainment, high diversity, and new economic channels.
Louisville: Labeled as an ‘Industrial Core’ city, due to it’s low population growth, low diversity, low educational attainment, and key economics.