Middle Tennessee is a magnet for talent, young graduates and the types of workers new, growing industries seek. While our region supports many innovative and aggressive local programs to recruit workers to the region, many of Nashville's most valuable workers come from the area's own vast educational system, with its 21 accredited four-year and postgraduate institutions. More than 100,000 students are enrolled in higher education in the Nashville area, the largest concentration in a four-state region. We retain 60% of these graduates annually in our region. More than 35% of adults in the Nashville region have a bachelor's degree or higher, and more than 110,000 people have graduate or professional degrees.