Study: Ann Arbor most educated city in U.S.
Ann Arbor is the most educated city in the United States, according to an analysis by the personal finance website WalletHub.com.
The city ranked first out of 150 communities nationwide, according to the findings released Monday. Others in the top five were Washington, D.C.; Madison, Wisconsin; Provo, Utah; and Colorado Springs, Colorado. Another Michigan municipality, Lansing, placed eighth.
Long known as home to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor had the highest percentage of bachelor degree holders, graduate or professional degree holders as well as adults with some college or an associate’s degree, according to WalletHub.
The Washtenaw County city also shared first-place honors with Madison for highest percentage of high school diploma holders.
The percentage of bachelor’s degree holders age 25 and older in Ann Arbor is four times higher than in Visalia, California, which placed 149, WalletHub said. Meanwhile, the city’s percentage of graduate or professional degree holders age 25 and older is six times higher than Brownsville, Texas, which came in last on the list.
“To find the most appealing cities for college graduates, WalletHub compared the 150 largest U.S. metropolitan statistical areas, or MSAs, across two key dimensions, including ‘Education Level’ and ‘Quality of Education & Attainment Gap,’ ” officials said on the website.
Information used for the rankings was drawn from the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, GreatSchools.org and U.S. News & World Report, according to the website.