Can Ohio Turn the Tables on “Brain Drain”?

Although Rust Belt states have traditionally struggled to retain their college graduates, new data suggests that Ohio might be set to reverse the “brain drain” that has plagued the region for decades.

According to U.S. census data, the Midwest’s net domestic migration from 2019 to 2020 was a loss of 207,685; from 2020 to 2021, the loss was 123,103 — an 84,582 net domestic migration increase between the two time periods. In other words, the region is still losing people, but fewer than it did in the past. Ohio, in particular, is showing some positive traction in attracting new residents.

So what’s Ohio doing that’s changing the game? Moving forward, how can Ohio keep the momentum?

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