Most Educated City in Each State

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46. Virginia
> Most educated city: Charlottesville
> Pct. with bachelor’s degree: 40.9%
> Number of postsecondary institutions: 3
> Median household income: $63,918

The Charlottesville metro area has the highest share of adults with bachelor’s degrees in the state, at 40.9%. Incomes tend to increase along with education levels, and many Charlottesville residents are especially wealthy. Across the metro area, 7.5% of households earn at least $200,000 a year, higher than the 5.8% of American households that earn as much.

47. Washington
> Most educated city: Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue
> Pct. with bachelor’s degree: 41.2%
> Number of postsecondary institutions: 68
> Median household income: $75,331

The Seattle metro area has the highest percentage of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree in Washington. Incomes in the metro area are also far higher than they are across the state as a whole. The typical Seattle area household earns $75,331 a year, significantly more than the typical Washington household income of $64,129 annually. Amazon.com’s presence in Seattle, as well as the several aerospace companies located in the region, have likely helped drive up both the incomes and educational attainment in the area.

48. West Virginia
> Most educated city: Morgantown
> Pct. with bachelor’s degree: 34.3%
> Number of postsecondary institutions: 7
> Median household income: $45,941

Only 19.6% of adults in West Virginia have earned a bachelor’s degree, the smallest share of any state in the country. However, educational attainment rates are not uniform across the state. In the Morgantown metro area, 34.3% of adults have at least a bachelor’s degree, by far the largest share of the state’s seven metropolitan areas.

Like many metro areas with relatively large shares of college-educated adults, Morgantown is home to a major research institution. West Virginia University, where nearly 29,000 students are enrolled, and more than 1,800 full-time instructional faculty are employed, is based in the area.

49. Wisconsin
> Most educated city: Madison
> Pct. with bachelor’s degree: 43.5%
> Number of postsecondary institutions: 17
> Median household income: $64,174

Madison has the largest share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree in Wisconsin and one of the largest shares in the country. The University of Wisconsin is located in the city proper, and partially explains the city’s high educational attainment rate. Over 9,000 graduate students attend the university and some 21,600 faculty and staff are employed there. Not only do a large portion of these individuals hold a bachelor’s degree, but large research institutions tend to attract companies that require educated workers to the area.

50. Wyoming
> Most educated city: Cheyenne
> Pct. with bachelor’s degree: 27.5%
> Number of postsecondary institutions: 4
> Median household income: $60,599

In Cheyenne, 27.5% of adults have earned at least a bachelor’s degree. This share is slightly larger than the comparable 26.2% statewide share and well above the 22.2% share in Casper, the state’s only other metro area.

Cheyenne residents also earn higher incomes than residents across the state. The typical Cheyenne household earns $60,599 a year, about $400 more than the typical Wyoming household and $7,713 more than the median income in Casper.