Behind the Data
Average Schooling in G7 Nations
Another factor that makes America desirable is the educational opportunities it offers. The United States invests heavily in education and human capital. As shown in the graph, America has lead other developed countries in terms of average levels of schooling for many decades.
California's Population Change
California’s population started off very low but that quickly changed as it created jobs and offered more economic opportunities. After World War Two, the population of California increased rapidly, maintaining an upward trend up until the Great Recession, where it plateaued.
African American Population of Detroit
The population growth of Detroit’s African-American population mirrors the general population rise of California, showing that cities like Detroit attracted a sizeable African-American population because of economic opportunities available in manufacturing. This willingness to move where there were opportunities is an American phenomenon, which does not happen as often elsewhere in the world.
Job Mobility in the US
Aside from geographic mobility, the US also has job mobility in its workforce. This graph illustrates the amount of turnover and job mobility in the U.S. economy, with people entering and leaving jobs constantly. This kind of mobility is a sign of a vibrant labor market that is almost unique to the United States.