Executive Education

Here are the top 20 most (and Least) educated cities in the United States, 2017

Well, It’s not shocking that Ann Arbor – the home of the University of Michigan – is the most educated city in the United States, according to WalletHub study. With the 2nd highest percentage of people with a bachelor’s degree, Washington, D.C. area came in second.

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara in California area ranked 3rd on the list of the most-educated cities in the United States, followed by Durham-Chapel Hill in North Carolina and Madison, Wisc.

Boston ranked 6th on the list, well ahead of the 7th-ranked Provo, Utah; San Francisco (No. 8); Austin, Texas (No. 9); and Tallahassee, Fla (No. 10).

The report looked at the 150 largest metropolitan areas and analyzed which U.S. cities have the most and least educated residents. Researchers noted that those cities with the most educated individuals also have healthier local economies.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

The Top 20 Most Educated Cities in the United States, 2017

  1. Ann Arbor, Michigan
  2. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
  3. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
  4. Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
  5. Madison, WI
  6. Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH
  7. Provo-Orem, UT
  8. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
  9. Austin-Round Rock, TX
  10. Tallahassee, FL
  11. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
  12. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT
  13. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
  14. Lansing-East Lansing, MI
  15. Raleigh, NC
  16. Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
  17. Colorado Springs, CO
  18. Trenton, NJ
  19. Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
  20. Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY

The Top 20 Most Educated Cities in the United States, 2017

  1. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
  2. Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
  3. Visalia-Porterville, CA
  4. Bakersfield, CA
  5. Modesto, CA
  6. Fresno, CA
  7. Salinas, CA
  8. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
  9. Lafayette, LA
  10. Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
  11. Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
  12. El Paso, TX
  13. Ocala, FL
  14. Corpus Christi, TX
  15. Stockton-Lodi, CA
  16. Reading, PA
  17. Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH
  18. Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA
  19. Lancaster, PA
  20. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

For the report, “2017’s Most & Least Educated Cities in America,” analysts used data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, GreatSchools.org and U.S. News & World Report to compare “educational attainment” and “quality of educations and attainment gap.”

Nine metrics were considered, including share of adults ages 25 and older with a bachelor’s degree or higher, racial education gap and quality of the public school system.

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Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
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