Why College Towns Are Looking Smart

During times of recession, many people are reconsidering where they live and where they might want to live for better jobs, lower taxes, and possibly better school systems. In the WSJ’s article, Why College Towns Are Looking Smart, many of the college towns across America seem to be recession-proof, at least for the time being.

Some people, who have lived in the big cities, paying high taxes and falling from high income jobs, are analyzing where else they could live and work now that technology has really brought down the need to be at a “home office” base. Hewlett Packard recently had more than 50% of their workforce shift to home offices to save money on facilities. These kinds of company moves open up more options for the highly skilled, trustworthy worker to work from whatever community they wish. Skype, Twitter and other forms of keeping in touch facilitate this type of flexibility which can promote financial stability and success in low-income parts of the United States and even the world.

Wall Street Journal

Looking for a job? Try a college town.

Morgantown, W.Va., home to West Virginia University, has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the U.S. — just 3.9% — and the university itself has about 260 job openings, from nurses to professors to programmers.

“We’re hurting for people, especially to fill our computer and technical positions,” says Margaret Phillips, vice president for human relations at WVU.

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