WALLETHUB: 2019’s Most & Least Educated Cities in America

With the fall semester drawing near and higher levels of education correlating with higher median weekly earnings, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2019’s Most & Least Educated Cities in America as well as accompanying videos. 

To determine where the most educated Americans are choosing to settle, WalletHub compared the 150 largest U.S. metropolitan statistical areas, or MSAs, across 11 key metrics. The data set ranges from share of adults aged 25 and older with a bachelor’s degree or high to racial education gap to quality of public-school system.

Most Educated Cities

1 Ann Arbor, MI

2 San Jose, CA

3 Washington, DC

4 Durham, NC

5 Madison, WI

6 San Francisco, CA

7 Boston, MA

8 Seattle, WA

9 Austin, TX

10 Provo, UT

Least Educated Cities

141 Fresno, CA

142 Ocala, FL

143 Hickory, NC

144 Stockton, CA

145 Salinas, CA

146 Modesto, CA

147 Bakersfield, CA

148 McAllen, TX

149 Brownsville, TX

150 Visalia, CA

Key Stats

  • The Ann Arbor, MI, metro area has the highest share of bachelor’s degree holders aged 25 and older, 54.40 percent, which is 3.9 times higher than in Visalia-Porterville, CA, the metro area with the lowest at 13.90 percent.
  • The Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA, metro area has the highest racial education gap, with the share of black bachelor’s degree holders aged 25 and older at 26.45 percent, compared with 21.07 percent for their white counterparts, a difference of 5.38 percent favoring blacks.
  • For comparison, the national average for blacks with the same attributes is 13.34 percent and 20.66 percent for their white counterparts.
  • The Anchorage, AK, metro area has the highest gender education gap, with the share of female bachelor’s degree holders aged 25 and older at 21.83 percent, compared with 17.95 percent for their male counterparts, a difference of 3.89 percent favoring women.
  • For comparison, the national average for females with the same attributes is 19.38 percent and 18.87 percent for their male counterparts. 

To view the full report and your city’s rank, please visit: https://wallethub.com/edu/most-and-least-educated-cities/6656/

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Julia LeFort

Julia LeFort joined RSHV News 1 in May 2019 following her graduation from Florida College with a Bachelor's Degree in May 2019. She has been working as an editor in Florida for the past two years and previously graduated from Benton High School. Currently she is working as the content manager and a contributing reporter to RSHV News 1, while also attending graduate school online through LSU's School of Library and Information Science. Julia is excited to be back in Northwest Louisiana, which she considers home. You can contact Julia at jlefort@rshv.news.

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