Special Report

America’s Least Educated Towns

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5. Ina, Illinois
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 1.9%
> Adults with at least a high school diploma or equivalent: 60.5% — 110th lowest of 10,738 towns (tied)
> Median household income: $40,455 — 2,024th lowest of 10,733 towns (tied)
> Estimated unemployment rate 2015-2019: 7.0% — 2,604th highest of 10,738 towns (tied)
> Population: 2,410

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4. Second Mesa, Arizona
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 1.7%
> Adults with at least a high school diploma or equivalent: 84.8% — 2,588th lowest of 10,738 towns (tied)
> Median household income: $36,563 — 1,334th lowest of 10,733 towns
> Estimated unemployment rate 2015-2019: 9.7% — 1,132nd highest of 10,738 towns (tied)
> Population: 1,823

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3. Calipatria, California
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 1.6%
> Adults with at least a high school diploma or equivalent: 60.8% — 112th lowest of 10,738 towns (tied)
> Median household income: $36,883 — 1,395th lowest of 10,733 towns
> Estimated unemployment rate 2015-2019: 20.4% — 47th highest of 10,738 towns (tied)
> Population: 7,395

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2. Laguna Heights, Texas
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 0.0% reported
> Adults with at least a high school diploma or equivalent: 51.1% — 35th lowest of 10,738 towns
> Median household income: $24,116 — 114th lowest of 10,733 towns
> Estimated unemployment rate 2015-2019: 0.0% reported — 10,598th highest of 10,738 towns (tied)
> Population: 2,090

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1. Cactus, Texas
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 0.0% reported
> Adults with at least a high school diploma or equivalent: 27.3% — 1st lowest of 10,738 towns
> Median household income: $40,417 — 2,011th lowest of 10,733 towns (tied)
> Estimated unemployment rate 2015-2019: 0.5% — 10,502nd highest of 10,738 towns (tied)
> Population: 3,245