November 21, 2003 | Bismarck TribuneNorth Dakota and Iowa rank last in the nation in keeping young people home, Census figures show. The Hawkeye state lost 11,691 more people between the ages of 25 and 39 than it gained from 1995 to 2000, for the second-highest out-migration rate of that age group in the nation. "There is sort of an expectation that you go to college specifically so you can escape to a place with mountains or a very large city," said TANNER BECK, a 23-year-old University of Iowa computer science student. Iowa's young people move to bigger cities for jobs, training and cultural activities -- things they say Iowa lacks. People usually move back to the suburbs or rural areas when they get older, said GEORGE NEUMANN, a U of I economics professor who has studied migration in and out of Iowa.
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