It appears Michigan is very educated, because for a second year in a row, the Mitten is home to the No. 1 most educated city in the entire U.S. We have several great public universities, as well as lots of private ones, so it’s no big surprise, but still nice to see us top the national list.
WalletHub has released their annual list of the most educated cities in the U.S. “Cities want to attract highly educated workers to fuel their economic growth and tax revenues,” they state in the study. “Higher levels of education tend to lead to higher salaries. Plus, the more that graduates earn, the more tax dollars they contribute over time, according to the Economic Policy Institute. In turn, educated people want to live somewhere where they will get a good return on their educational investment. People also tend to marry others of the same educational level, which means that cities that already have a large educated population may be more attractive to people with degrees.”
To find the most educated cities in America, “WalletHub compared the 150 largest metropolitan statistical areas, or MSAs, across 11 key metrics. Our data set ranges from the share of adults aged 25 and older with a bachelor’s degree or higher to the quality of the public-school system to the gender education gap.”
So, what’s the most educated city in America? Ann Arbor. The city has the highest percentage of high school diploma holders, highest percentage of associates degree holders or college-experienced adults and other bonuses. I know quite a few people who live in Ann Arbor, and they do talk about the high quality of public schools in the area, which is another factor. Also, Ann Arbor is, of course, home to the University of Michigan, one of the best universities in the U.S. Find out more via the YouTube video here. Find the full list here.