America's 10 Most, Least Educated Cities

Look for the learned in Ann Arbor, Mich.
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 22, 2019 10:05 AM CDT
America's 10 Most, Least Educated Cities
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"Smart" doesn't necessarily equate with "educated," but having an education can certainly help maximize one's natural intelligence—and there are certain US cities where the most scholarly are gathered. WalletHub looked at the 150 most populated metropolitan areas in the US, specifically across two key categories: "educational attainment" and "quality of education and attainment gap," examining such metrics as the level of education achieved, the quality of public schools and colleges in each area, and racial and gender educational gaps. Ann Arbor, Mich., came out on the top of the list of the nation's most educated cities. Here, how others ranked:

  1. Ann Arbor, Mich. (No. 1 in "educational attainment" category)
  2. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif.
  3. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-Va.-Md.-W. Va.
  4. Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
  5. Madison, Wis.
  6. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, Calif.
  7. Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Mass.-NH
  8. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Wash.
  9. Austin-Round Rock, Texas
  10. Provo-Orem, Utah
Read on to see the least educated cities, per WalletHub's findings

The least educated cities:

  1. Visalia-Porterville, Calif.
  2. Brownsville-Harlingen, Texas
  3. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas
  4. Bakersfield, Calif.
  5. Modesto, Calif.
  6. Salinas, Calif.
  7. Stockton-Lodi, Calif.
  8. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
  9. Ocala, Fla.
  10. Fresno, Calif.
See the complete list here, or check out the states with the best and worst school systems. (More US cities stories.)

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