Special Report

Cities Where a College Education Pays Off the Most

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20. Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
> Earnings premium for bachelor’s degree holders: +$21,928
> Median earnings for bachelor’s degree holders: $62,350
> Median earnings for high school graduates: $33,514
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 39.0%
> Most concentrated job requiring bachelor’s degree: Materials Scientists (2.3 times the national employment share)

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19. Hartford-East Hartford-Middletown, CT
> Earnings premium for bachelor’s degree holders: +$22,316
> Median earnings for bachelor’s degree holders: $67,406
> Median earnings for high school graduates: $38,027
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 39.6%
> Most concentrated job requiring bachelor’s degree: Actuaries (9.9 times the national employment share)

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18. Bakersfield, CA
> Earnings premium for bachelor’s degree holders: +$22,402
> Median earnings for bachelor’s degree holders: $59,249
> Median earnings for high school graduates: $30,755
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 17.1%
> Most concentrated job requiring bachelor’s degree: Petroleum Engineers (14.2 times the national employment share)

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17. Madera, CA
> Earnings premium for bachelor’s degree holders: +$22,433
> Median earnings for bachelor’s degree holders: $54,398
> Median earnings for high school graduates: $31,744
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 15.2%
> Most concentrated job requiring bachelor’s degree: Educational Instruction and Library Workers, All Other (2.8 times the national employment share)

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16. Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI
> Earnings premium for bachelor’s degree holders: +$22,500
> Median earnings for bachelor’s degree holders: $60,487
> Median earnings for high school graduates: $31,320
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 32.2%
> Most concentrated job requiring bachelor’s degree: Commercial and Industrial Designers (7.0 times the national employment share)

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