Young Chicagoans Inclined To Leave City, Study Finds

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A study of young adults in Chicago finds that about one third of them want to leave the city.

A team from the University of Chicago surveyed 200 young people of varying races and ethnic groups. It’s for a project called GenForward.

Study co-author David Knight said many of the subjects, especially African-American young adults, feel there are barriers here.

Knight stresses that those questioned cited reasons like violence and affordability for wanting to leave. Many complained about rising housing and education costs and not enough well-paying jobs.Census figures have shown African-Americans have been leaving Chicago at a high rate. The GenForward project surveyed a diverse group of people aged 18 to 34 from across the city.