*/slightly disappointed trombone
According to analysis from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Durham MSA has the highest-concentration of creative class workers in the country, 48.4% of our workforce. That area includes Durham, Orange, Chatham and Person counties.
But the study results, as reported in The Atlantic, only names Durham, NC as the most creative-class-rich city in the country. No word if they'll tweak the misleading header, but for now, we'll take it.
The study comes from Richard Florida, whose 2002 book The Rise of the Creative Class spawned a buzzword and a rush of cities trying to make themselves attractive to smart, innovative, ambitious young people who wanted to come up with the Next Big Thing.
Now, there are plenty of detractors that argue the other side of the chicken-or-egg question, that strong economies lure creative classers, creative classers don't create strong economies.
Either way, it's good news that we're seen as an excellent place for the best and brightest to be. Props to the Chamber, DDI, American Underground, Bull City Forward, DCVB and others who have created all manner of initiatives to make start-ups feel welcome.