After reading this issue’s cover story on changing corporate environments, we were inspired to ask whether the nation’s largest metropolitan
statistical areas (MSAs) have experienced significant changes in their working-age populations.
One data point stands out: the growing numbers of the youngest professionals (those between the ages of 22 and 24). While the total populations in most of the 10 largest U.S. metro areas saw single-digit growth between 2007 and 2012, the percentage growth of this young cohort increased in the double digits in many areas. Leading the way were not the most populated MSAs, like New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, but rather Miami (17.1 percent), Houston (14.1 percent) and Dallas (12.9 percent).