Special Report

The Most Educated City in Every State


To identify the most educated city in every state, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the percentages of metro area adults who have earned at least a bachelor’s degree in every state. The bachelor’s degree attainment rate and high school diploma attainment rate, along with income for metro areas and for states all came from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2018 American Community Survey.

Shares of each metro area’s workforce employed in particular industries came from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Unemployment figures are also from the BLS and are for July 2019. The number of postsecondary institutions in each metropolitan area came from the U.S. Department of Education. Postsecondary institutions include four-year and two-year universities and colleges, as well as technical institutes and trade academies.

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria metro area, which spans the District of Columbia, Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia, was excluded from the ranking.