ST. LOUIS (AP) – St. Louis is hanging on to its young adult residents.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that new Census data shows that from 2008 to 2010 more young adults moved into the St. Louis region than moved out. On average, 870 more people age 25 to 34 came to the St. Louis area than left it. That’s counter to the trend of recent decades.

Drawing young people to St. Louis has been a focus for groups like the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay’s office.

The Brookings Institution, which conducted the study of the Census data, says it’s likely the weak economy is driving the better numbers for St. Louis. That’s because there aren’t many jobs anywhere, which means fewer people are moving.

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