North Carolina Now Has One Of The Most Educated and The Least Educated Cities in America

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With in-person learning threatened by COVID-19 and higher levels of education correlating with higher earnings, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2020’s Most & Least Educated Cities in America.

To determine where the most educated Americans are choosing to settle down, the site 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.

2 cities in North Carolina book-ended the results, with Durham, NC ranking as the 4th most educated city in America, and Hickory, NC ranking as the 6th least educated city in America. Charlotte ranked among the top half, coming it at number 54 on the report:

Most Educated Cities

Overall Rank
(1 = Most Educated)
MSA Total Score ‘Educational Attainment’ Rank ‘Quality of Education & Attainment Gap’ Rank
1 Ann Arbor, MI 94.23 1 1
2 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 81.90 3 4
3 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 81.70 2 32
4 Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 79.72 7 6
5 San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 79.48 5 21
6 Madison, WI 78.48 4 72
7 Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH 76.29 6 97
8 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 73.76 10 16
9 Austin-Round Rock, TX 72.94 16 3
10 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 71.91 8 146
11 Colorado Springs, CO 71.22 14 22
12 Raleigh, NC 70.96 9 136
13 Provo-Orem, UT 70.77 15 42
14 Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 69.45 11 76
15 Trenton, NJ 69.20 13 98
16 Portland-South Portland, ME 69.02 17 36
17 Tallahassee, FL 68.97 21 8
18 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 67.96 19 52
19 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 67.41 12 112
20 San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 67.15 26 2
21 Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 65.14 20 114
22 Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 65.06 18 122
23 Lansing-East Lansing, MI 64.74 23 57
24 Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 64.20 22 113
25 Lexington-Fayette, KY 64.07 25 25
26 New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 63.19 30 19
27 Huntsville, AL 63.08 24 69
28 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 62.16 29 44
29 Urban Honolulu, HI 61.31 46 9
30 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 60.99 31 49
31 Santa Rosa, CA 59.99 39 46
32 Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 59.91 35 71
33 Kansas City, MO-KS 59.77 28 115
34 Eugene, OR 59.58 56 11
35 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 59.48 33 88
36 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 59.43 49 20
37 Asheville, NC 59.37 41 61
38 Richmond, VA 59.16 38 68
39 Pittsburgh, PA 59.00 44 51
40 Salt Lake City, UT 58.99 43 56
41 Rochester, NY 58.56 32 118
42 St. Louis, MO-IL 58.42 36 121
43 Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA 58.20 52 37
44 Columbus, OH 58.10 40 110
45 New Haven-Milford, CT 58.00 37 125
46 Manchester-Nashua, NH 57.98 27 147
47 Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 57.96 34 129
48 Anchorage, AK 57.79 42 90
49 Albuquerque, NM 57.75 53 40
50 Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA 57.68 55 38
51 Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL 57.21 54 58
52 Charleston-North Charleston, SC 56.82 47 109
53 Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 56.61 62 29
54 Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 56.49 61 34
55 Boise City, ID 56.45 67 18
56 Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 56.12 45 137
57 Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN 56.12 60 67
58 Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 55.74 48 124
59 Worcester, MA-CT 55.71 50 106
60 Reno, NV 55.26 75 17
61 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 54.78 78 14
62 Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 54.71 81 12
63 Tucson, AZ 54.26 51 134
64 Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 54.24 64 74
65 Syracuse, NY 53.98 58 132
66 Columbia, SC 53.55 65 94
67 North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL 53.45 57 144
68 Dayton, OH 53.44 69 85
69 Springfield, MA 53.05 73 73
70 Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 52.99 63 107
71 Akron, OH 52.94 72 84
72 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 52.76 76 55
73 Jacksonville, FL 52.45 80 62
74 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 52.44 74 87
75 Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 52.41 79 64
76 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 51.94 93 10
77 Savannah, GA 51.93 68 123
78 Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 51.85 70 127
79 Ogden-Clearfield, UT 51.82 59 150
80 Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 51.50 82 77
81 Oklahoma City, OK 51.43 86 45
82 Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 51.35 66 140
83 Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 51.04 100 5
84 Cleveland-Elyria, OH 50.77 71 139
85 Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 50.41 83 102
86 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 50.36 90 48
87 Peoria, IL 49.89 85 91
88 Birmingham-Hoover, AL 49.83 91 63
89 Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 49.82 94 33
90 Wichita, KS 49.62 77 131
91 Jackson, MS 49.40 84 128
92 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 49.22 98 24
93 Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 48.96 87 101
94 Springfield, MO 48.93 95 54
95 Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 48.67 88 108
96 Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 48.64 89 111
97 Greensboro-High Point, NC 48.62 103 23
98 Toledo, OH 48.23 92 89
99 Knoxville, TN 48.05 97 50
100 Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC 47.66 108 27
101 Fayetteville, NC 47.65 104 39
102 New Orleans-Metairie, LA 47.10 99 78
103 Montgomery, AL 46.62 101 93
104 Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 46.59 102 83
105 Fort Wayne, IN 46.49 106 66
106 Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC 46.04 113 28
107 Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 45.83 107 80
108 San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 45.69 114 26
109 Tulsa, OK 44.88 110 86
110 Memphis, TN-MS-AR 44.75 105 116
111 Killeen-Temple, TX 43.82 111 103
112 Baton Rouge, LA 43.54 115 79
113 Winston-Salem, NC 43.50 119 41
114 Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 42.70 96 149
115 Salem, OR 42.17 121 60
116 Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 42.16 109 142
117 Chattanooga, TN-GA 42.13 116 96
118 Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 41.99 117 105
119 Salisbury, MD-DE 41.74 112 141
120 Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 41.03 127 30
121 Canton-Massillon, OH 40.94 124 43
122 Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 40.67 120 117
123 Flint, MI 39.75 123 120
124 Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA 39.20 122 135
125 Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 39.02 125 100
126 York-Hanover, PA 38.95 129 53
127 Port St. Lucie, FL 38.68 118 145
128 Lancaster, PA 38.30 128 75
129 Rockford, IL 37.84 126 126
130 Mobile, AL 37.60 132 35
131 Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 36.92 130 99
132 Reading, PA 36.20 131 92
133 Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 35.98 133 65
134 Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 34.34 134 70
135 El Paso, TX 33.57 139 15
136 Lafayette, LA 33.43 140 13
137 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 32.26 135 81
138 Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 31.62 138 59
139 Corpus Christi, TX 31.09 137 104
140 Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 28.84 141 82
141 Fresno, CA 28.79 144 31
142 Salinas, CA 27.49 142 119
143 Ocala, FL 27.18 136 148
144 Stockton-Lodi, CA 25.42 145 95
145 Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 25.00 143 143
146 Modesto, CA 21.68 146 130
147 Bakersfield, CA 16.42 147 133
148 McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 13.83 150 7
149 Brownsville-Harlingen, TX 11.40 149 47
150 Visalia-Porterville, CA 10.74 148 138

 

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