41. South Dakota
> Most educated city: Sioux Falls
> Pct. with bachelor’s degree: 31.7%
> Number of postsecondary institutions: 11
> Median household income: $59,844
There are only two metro areas in South Dakota, and each has a higher concentration of adults with bachelor’s degrees than the state as a whole. In Sioux Falls, 31.7% of adults have at least a bachelor’s degree, a slightly larger share than the 30.0% share in Rapid City and considerably more than the 27.5% share of adults with similar education statewide.
With higher educational attainment, incomes are far higher in Sioux Falls than across the state as a whole. The typical metro area household earns roughly $6,800 more annually than the typical household does statewide.
> Most educated city: Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin
> Pct. with bachelor’s degree: 33.6%
> Number of postsecondary institutions: 56
> Median household income: $57,985
Slightly more than one in three adults in the Nashville-Davidson metro area have earned at least a bachelor’s degree. By contrast, only about one in four adults statewide have similar educational attainment. Higher educational attainment rates have likely led to higher incomes in Nashville. The typical metro area household earns roughly $10,700 more a year than the typical Tennessee household.
> Most educated city: Austin-Round Rock
> Pct. with bachelor’s degree: 42.6%
> Number of postsecondary institutions: 43
> Median household income: $67,195
The Austin-Round Rock metro area is home to dozens of higher education institutions, including the University of Texas at Austin. The university facilitates major research operations and more than 11,000 graduate students attend the school. Along with Dell, IBM, Apple, and Samsung, it is one of many major employers in the metro area that also typically require workers to have higher than a high school education. With high-paying jobs, large technology companies and facilities, and a number of post-secondary education institutions, the Austin-Round Rock area has the highest concentration of college educated adults of any metro area in Texas.
> Most educated city: Provo-Orem
> Pct. with bachelor’s degree: 37.7%
> Number of postsecondary institutions: 18
> Median household income: $65,092
A relatively large share of adults in Utah are college educated. Among state residents 25 and older, 31.8% have at least a bachelor’s degree compared to only 30.6% of the same age group nationwide. In Provo-Orem, 37.7% of adults have earned at least a bachelor’s degree, a higher share than in any other metro area in the state.
The high college attainment rate is likely linked to the presence of Brigham Young University. The school is a major employer in the area and nearly 3,000 graduate students attend the university. Many of the workers as well as the graduate students help bolster the area’s college educated population.
> Most educated city: Burlington-South Burlington
> Pct. with bachelor’s degree: 43.4%
> Number of postsecondary institutions: 8
> Median household income: $66,807
As the only metro area in Vermont, Burlington is necessarily the most educated urban region in the state. The city’s college attainment rate of 43.4% is nonetheless one of the highest in the country, well above the national bachelor’s attainment rate of 30.6%. As is usually the case in well-educated metro areas, Burlington area residents seem to benefit from higher-paying jobs. The typical area household earns $66,807 annually, considerably more than the typical statewide and national households incomes of $56,990 and $55,775 a year respectively.