CityLab includes data compiled by Gabe in report on creative class growth
Todd Gabe, an economics professor at the University of Maine, was mentioned in the CityLab article, “Maps reveal where the creative class is growing,” by Richard Florida, co-founder and editor at large of CityLab and a senior editor at The Atlantic. One of the most troubling trends of the past decade is the deepening geographic inequality across the U.S., especially through the clustering of particular types of talent in coastal cities like San Francisco and New York, Florida wrote. But some economists and urbanists suggest we may be seeing the “rise of the rest” as a result of increasingly unaffordable housing in established hubs and the improvement of the economies in less-established hubs, the article states. Using data from the U.S. Census American Community Survey, Florida and Gabe tracked the growth of the creative class overall and across U.S. metros from 2005 to 2017. They found several Rustbelt and Sunbelt metros which have previously lagged now show robust growth in the creative class. The results also showed that the creative class — which often garners the highest paying jobs — appears to be growing as a percentage of total workforce employment across the board, the article states.