As our metropolitan areas grow larger, the synapses that connect them -- highly networked people -- become more and more essential to economic growth
I elaborated on the story in the October issue of The Atlantic magazine:
Jobs requiring physical skill cluster in small and medium-size metro areas--industrial centers where land for factories is relatively inexpensive. Jobs featuring analytic skill are sparse in these places, and heavily concentrated in larger metro areas--indicating the rising benefits of having high numbers of well-educated, highly intelligent people working close together. And jobs requiring the highest level of social skill are the most concentrated in the very largest metro areas--where, combined with the high prevalence of analytic skill, they underpin faster rates of innovation and growth.
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