City Just North of Charlotte Ranked Among The Least Educated In America

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With more than 97% of educators reporting learning loss among their students due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2021’s Least Educated Cities in America.

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

Least Educated Cities in America

Overall Rank*  MSA Total Score  Educational Attainment  Quality of Education & Attainment Gap 
150 Visalia, CA 9.93 148 145
149 Brownsville-Harlingen, TX 10.10 149 114
148 McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 14.14 150 12
147 Bakersfield, CA 15.81 147 136
146 Modesto, CA 20.41 146 139
145 Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 25.39 142 144
144 Stockton, CA 26.17 145 66
143 Salinas, CA 27.88 143 113
142 Ocala, FL 28.63 135 149
141 Corpus Christi, TX 28.99 138 137
140 Fresno, CA 29.14 144 34
139 Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 29.60 141 93
138 Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 32.22 137 57
137 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 33.23 136 74
136 Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 34.05 134 73
135 El Paso, TX 34.58 139 13
134 Lafayette, LA 35.22 140 6
133 Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 35.73 132 83
132 Reading, PA 36.26 131 110
131 Mobile, AL 36.59 133 33
130 Rockford, IL 37.10 127 131
129 Lancaster, PA 38.69 130 84
128 York-Hanover, PA 38.73 128 98
127 Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 38.92 129 87
126 Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 39.19 117 148
125 Gulfport-Biloxi, MS 39.22 125 100
124 Canton-Massillon, OH 39.80 126 65
123 Flint, MI 39.81 123 126
122 Scranton–Wilkes-Barre, PA 40.07 122 122
121 Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 40.86 121 119
120 Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 41.62 124 32
119 Vallejo, CA 42.17 107 147
118 Port St. Lucie, FL 42.82 116 102
117 Salisbury, MD-DE 42.91 110 142
116 Salem, OR 43.22 120 58
115 Baton Rouge, LA 43.76 118 63
114 Chattanooga, TN-GA 43.83 115 78
113 Killeen-Temple, TX 43.90 111 117
112 Fayetteville, NC 45.26 114 39
111 Winston-Salem, NC 45.36 119 20
110 Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 45.64 101 140
109 Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 45.80 108 101
108 Tulsa, OK 45.84 109 95
107 Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC 46.04 112 44
106 Memphis, TN-MS-AR 46.16 104 112
105 San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 46.31 113 27
104 Fort Wayne, IN 46.94 105 76
103 Toledo, OH 47.36 102 96
102 New Orleans-Metairie, LA 47.55 100 86
101 Montgomery, AL 47.78 97 103
100 Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 47.94 98 89
99 Greenville-Anderson, SC 48.23 103 53
98 Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 48.42 92 109
97 Greensboro-High Point, NC 48.43 106 30
96 Jackson, MS 48.67 90 108
95 Springfield, MO 48.90 96 72
94 Peoria, IL 49.33 94 69
93 Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 50.24 95 36
92 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 50.25 99 23
91 Knoxville, TN 50.26 91 56
90 Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 50.40 85 104
89 Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 50.63 86 94
88 Wichita, KS 50.64 79 124
87 Ogden-Clearfield, UT 50.89 60 150
86 Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 51.22 84 92
85 Cleveland-Elyria, OH 51.27 71 141
84 Oklahoma City, OK 51.29 87 51
83 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 51.39 88 45
82 Savannah, GA 51.70 72 127
81 Birmingham-Hoover, AL 51.72 80 97
80 Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler, AZ 52.27 82 70
79 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL 52.36 93 10
78 Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 52.54 66 134
77 Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 52.64 81 62
76 Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 53.11 67 125
75 Akron, OH 53.20 74 99
74 Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 53.67 65 106
73 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 53.73 77 55
72 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 53.73 73 75
71 Jacksonville, FL 54.08 75 54
70 Grand Rapids-Kentwood, MI 54.41 69 79
69 Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR 54.43 89 2
68 Dayton-Kettering, OH 54.58 70 68
67 North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL 54.66 56 143
66 Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 54.96 83 8
65 Columbia, SC 55.04 63 81
64 Reno, NV 55.12 76 26
63 Springfield, MA 55.27 64 61
62 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 55.53 78 15
61 Syracuse, NY 55.55 58 115
60 Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY 55.63 47 135
59 Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 56.02 62 64
58 Boise City, ID 56.44 68 29
57 Charleston-North Charleston, SC 56.69 48 118
56 Milwaukee-Waukesha, WI 56.75 45 130
55 Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 56.79 44 123
54 Anchorage, AK 57.03 42 129
53 Worcester, MA-CT 57.29 51 88
52 Albuquerque, NM 57.45 59 47
51 Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 57.73 61 28
50 Tucson, AZ 58.05 55 48
49 Sacramento-Roseville-Folsom, CA 58.12 57 37
48 St. Louis, MO-IL 58.49 33 138
47 Naples-Marco Island, FL 58.51 54 42
46 Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA 58.53 52 46
45 Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN 58.53 50 59
44 Columbus, OH 58.76 40 107
43 New Haven-Milford, CT 58.97 39 105
42 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 59.55 53 21
41 Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 60.18 36 82
40 Salt Lake City, UT 60.18 41 50
39 Rochester, NY 60.21 30 111
38 Kansas City, MO-KS 60.27 27 121
37 Richmond, VA 60.34 34 80
36 Eugene-Springfield, OR 60.54 49 19
35 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 60.59 31 90
34 Manchester-Nashua, NH 60.69 26 132
33 Pittsburgh, PA 60.91 38 40
32 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 61.17 32 67
31 Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 61.34 37 52
30 Asheville, NC 61.38 43 25
29 Lansing-East Lansing, MI 61.67 35 41
28 Urban Honolulu, HI 62.13 46 7
27 Hartford-East Hartford-Middletown, CT 64.14 21 128
26 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA 64.65 29 18
25 New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 64.69 28 16
24 Huntsville, AL 64.86 23 60
23 Lexington-Fayette, KY 64.87 24 35
22 Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 66.24 20 91
21 Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 66.58 18 116
20 San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad, CA 67.37 25 3
19 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 67.90 13 120
18 Tallahassee, FL 68.93 22 9
17 Portland-South Portland, ME 69.36 17 71
16 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 69.63 19 43
15 Trenton-Princeton, NJ 69.69 16 77
14 Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 70.53 11 85
13 Colorado Springs, CO 71.62 12 31
12 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 72.27 7 146
11 Raleigh-Cary, NC 72.33 8 133
10 Provo-Orem, UT 72.48 14 22
9 Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown, TX 72.54 15 11
8 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 75.28 10 14
7 Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 77.31 9 5
6 Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH 78.80 6 38
5 Madison, WI 80.06 3 49
4 San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley, CA 80.74 5 17
3 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 82.06 2 24
2 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 82.60 4 4
1 Ann Arbor, MI 94.02 1 1

Note: *1 = Most Educated

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