|Why it Matters:
Economic developers are especially interested in the population aged 25 to 34 because people of this age have often recently completed college or military service and are beginning careers. They are also often starting families. Early on, they are quite mobile, but tend to settle down once they feel secure about their job situations. Communities compete for people in this age group because they are making decisions about their long-term locations and are dramatically increasing their contribution to the economy.