It's a brand new school year and a fresh opportunity to get good grades.  But will the best and brightest in Texas stick around after graduation?  

Washington D.C. is the top city in America that attracts high-achieving students, according to Forbes.  The only Texas city to crack the Top 10 is Austin, at #6, where about a third of the population is made of millennials.

TIME Magazine says the students who get the best scores in class and on tests, end up moving away, to places like San Francisco and Seattle where there are higher numbers of college graduates.  Smart college grads want to live in areas with other smart college grads.

For those who move in their twenties and thirties, the average distance is 676 miles. So for us in East Texas, that's like packing our bags for Panama City, Florida, or maybe St. Louis.

What makes you stay?  Family?  It's too expensive to move out-of-state?  You've got a good job right here in East Texas?  We hope it's that last one, because there are a lot of big companies here like Trinity Mother Francis Hospital, the University of Texas system, SFA, and Brookshire Grocery Company, that might be looking for high achievers like yourself once you're out of school.

In other words parents, don't encourage your kids to get bad grades just so they'll stick close to home!  There's plenty here for the smart ones, and the rest of us too.