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Are ‘young professionals’ leaving St. Louis? Who knows? It’s worth getting together and talking about

Whether it is authentic or anecdotal, one recurring anxiety about the future of St. Louis is that young people who live here and/or go to college here, end up moving away. Like many demographic trends, real or imagined, it’s hard to quantify or prove.

Some 20-somethings are drawn to Big Lights, Big City and for someone in the STL, bigger lights and bigger cities could be New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston, you-name-it. The same premise – that young adults want something new, different and more stimulating than what they are accustomed – would lead to assumptions about younger people from smaller urban locales seeing the Mound City as bigger

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