Sep 20, 2022 - News

Virginia college grads leave

Net migration of college students after graduation
Data: National Bureau of Economic Research; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Virginia exports more college graduates than it attracts from other states, a new report from the National Bureau of Economic Research found.

Why it matters: The state is high on the brain drain chart — meaning 41% more of the college-educated workforce leaves after graduation than stays.

  • When they leave, they take the education Virginia helped pay for to another state.

What's happening: Those who do leave Virginia are most likely to end up in D.C., a Washington Post analysis of the data found.

  • New York, North Carolina and California are also top places Virginia grads end up after school.

The big picture: Around two-thirds of all U.S. students stay to work in the state they graduated from, per the National Bureau of Economic Research.

  • Grads are more likely to stay in state if they complete two-year degrees or attend a four-year public school.

Of note: Among professionals most likely to stay put are those working in education, health care, agriculture and business.

  • Grads are more migratory if they studied religion, culinary arts, engineering and journalism.
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