Study Finds A Third Of City’s Young Adults Want To Leave Chicago

Genforward study
University of Illinois at Chicago students talk on Oct. 5, 2016. Peter Wynn Thompson / Associated Press
Genforward study
University of Illinois at Chicago students talk on Oct. 5, 2016. Peter Wynn Thompson / Associated Press

Study Finds A Third Of City’s Young Adults Want To Leave Chicago

A third of the city’s young adults hope to leave Chicago one day, according to the latest GenForward Survey released Monday.

Researchers from the University of Chicago team interviewed 200 racially diverse 18 to 34 year-olds from 10 neighborhoods across the city. About 36 percent of young adults said they want to eventually move away from Chicago. In the Englewood neighborhood, 43 percent told researchers they want to leave the city. 

Many young people of color who participated in the study cited widespread concern and disappointment in politicians, education, public safety, and discrimination by police in neighborhoods that are predominately African American and Latinx.

Morning Shift talks to the team behind the survey to learn more about their findings.

GUESTS: Cathy Cohen, professor of political science at the University of Chicago

David Knight, Ph.D student at the University Chicago's Department of Political Science

Margaret Brower, Ph.D student at the University Chicago's Department of Political Science

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