To identify the most educated city in every state, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the bachelor’s degree attainment rate — the percentage 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 median household income for metro areas and states all came from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2019 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 2020. 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.
The Washington-Arlington-Alexandria metro area, which spans the District of Columbia, Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia, was excluded from the ranking.