Here are the Most and Least Educated Cities in America

Rob Shimshock | Education Reporter

A finance website ranked the 150 largest U.S. cities by the education level of their residents in a report released Monday.

Ann Arbor, Michigan; Washington, D.C.; and San Jose, California, captured the first, second and third most educated city slots, respectively, whereas Visalia, California; Brownsville, Texas; and McAllen, Texas, rounded out the bottom of the list, according to WalletHub.

WalletHub ranked each of the 150 cities on a 100-point scale for encompassing both educational attainment, as well as the quality of that education. Ann Arbor smoked the competition with a 92.57 score. Runner-up Washington, D.C., scored a 77.39. (RELATED: Michigan Profs Demand Double Salary, Threaten To Strike)

While 53.3 percent of Ann Arbor’s residents are bachelor’s degree recipients aged 25 and older, only 14 percent of Visalia’s residents are aged 25 and up with bachelor’s degrees.

California contained many of the most and least educated cities. San Jose, San Francisco and San Diego made the top 20, however, Visalia, Modesto, Salinas and Stockton all placed in the 10 least-educated cities.

A little over 20 percent of white people aged 25 and older hold bachelor’s degrees nationally, whereas around 13 percent of black people in that age demographic have achieved a similar education level. The finance website measured the related proportions for females and males at 19.02 percent and 18.59 percent, respectively.

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