According to Kotkin, the common belief is that college graduates have been flocking to the coasts. However, according to data provided by Wendell Cox, the largest gains in college-educated citizens as a percentage of the adult population has occurred in the South and Midwest:
"It turns out that none of the top 10 gainers were large Northeastern cities, but largely Southern or Midwestern. New Orleans; Raleigh, N.C.; Austin, Texas; Nashville; Birmingham, Ala.; Kansas City, Mo.-Kan.; and Columbus, Ohio, all scored high marks. Only one California city, San Diego, made the top 10. Perennial "brain gainers" Denver, Colo., and Seattle round out the top 10."