Written by DML

I don’t know about you, but I think the universities are teaching our kids nothing but crap.  Unless one is going to school to become a lawyer or doctor, I fail to see the upside of college.  Perhaps I am biased in my conclusion considering I did not go to college, and many of my most successful friends chose to skip the 4-year degree experience, but I see more upside in learning a trade.

If you disagree with me, that’s cool.  We are all entitled to our opinions.  Below is a report based on the college degree being a meaningful thing.  That said, if measured by wanting to make advancements, I’ll take the city with 1 million electricians and plumbers over a city with 1 million philosophers and academics any day of the week.


Hi Dennis,

With the fall semester drawing near and higher levels of education correlating with higher median weekly earnings, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018’s Most & Least Educated Cities in America.

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

Most Educated Cities Least Educated Cities
1 Ann Arbor, MI 141 Ocala, FL
2 Washington, DC 142 Fresno, CA
3 San Jose, CA 143 Stockton, CA
4 Durham, NC 144 Salinas, CA
5 San Francisco, CA 145 Hickory, NC
6 Madison, WI 146 Modesto, CA
7 Boston, MA 147 Bakersfield, CA
8 Austin, TX 148 McAllen, TX
9 Seattle, WA 149 Brownsville, TX
10 Bridgeport, CT 150 Visalia, CA

Key Stats

  • The Ann Arbor, MI, metro area has the highest share of bachelor’s degree holders aged 25 and older, 53.3 percent, which is 3.8 times higher than in Visalia-Porterville, CA, the metro area with the lowest at 14.0 percent.
  • The Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA, metro area has the highest racial education gap, with the share of black bachelor’s degree holders aged 25 and older at 25.19 percent, compared with 19.52 percent for their white counterparts, a difference of 5.67 percent favoring blacks.

    For comparison, the national average for blacks with the same attributes is 13.09 percent and 20.28 percent for their white counterparts.

  • The Anchorage, AK, metro area has the highest gender education gap, with the share of female bachelor’s degree holders aged 25 and older at 21.56 percent, compared with 17.91 percent for their male counterparts, a difference of 3.65 percent favoring women.

    For comparison, the national average for females with the same attributes is 19.02 percent and 18.59 percent for their male counterparts.

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  1. I’m really wondering who writes these statistics. I am shocked when they describe the educational percentage of blacks & whites in the Oxnard, Venture, Thousand Oaks area. I lived in Westlake Village which is half in that area, Ventura Couny & half in LA County, for many years.
    I’ve been all over that area & can honestly tell you that blacks are approximately 10% at the most. The rest of the population is white & Hispanic.
    So if 25% of blacks have bachelors degrees & 19% of whites have the degrees, there are still far more whites who have a higher education.
    This is a totally misleading poll.

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