This Is the Least Educated US City

Sorry, McAllen-Edinburg-Mission
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 25, 2017 10:45 AM CDT
5 Most, Least Educated US Cities
Carroll College students pose for a photo before their graduation ceremony in Helena, Mont., on May 13, 2017.   (AP Photo/Matt Volz)

You might want to think twice before you start a scholarly debate with anyone from Ann Arbor. The Michigan city is the most educated in America—by far—according to WalletHub. The site ranked the most educated cities based on the education level of adults 25 and older, plus the quality of that education, and found huge discrepancies depending on location. The five most and least educated metropolitan areas, with a score out of 100:


  1. Ann Arbor, Mich.: 95
  2. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-Va.-Md.-W. Va.: 78
  3. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif.: 77
  4. Durham-Chapel Hill, NC: 76
  5. Madison, Wis.: 72.5
  1. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas: 7
  2. Brownsville-Harlingen, Texas: 9
  3. Visalia-Porterville, Calif.: 11
  4. Bakersfield, Calif.: 19
  5. Modesto, Calif.: 24
Click for the full list, or see the best high schools in America. (More education stories.)

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