Special Report

Cities Where a College Education Pays Off the Most

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15. Midland, MI
> Earnings premium for bachelor’s degree holders: +$22,849
> Median earnings for bachelor’s degree holders: $59,205
> Median earnings for high school graduates: $30,255
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 34.8%
> Most concentrated job requiring bachelor’s degree: Chemical Engineers (33.5 times the national employment share)

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14. San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad, CA
> Earnings premium for bachelor’s degree holders: +$23,330
> Median earnings for bachelor’s degree holders: $63,235
> Median earnings for high school graduates: $32,404
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 39.5%
> Most concentrated job requiring bachelor’s degree: Biological Scientists, All Other (7.8 times the national employment share)

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13. Visalia, CA
> Earnings premium for bachelor’s degree holders: +$23,540
> Median earnings for bachelor’s degree holders: $58,200
> Median earnings for high school graduates: $30,465
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 14.5%
> Most concentrated job requiring bachelor’s degree: Food Scientists and Technologists (4.9 times the national employment share)

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12. New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
> Earnings premium for bachelor’s degree holders: +$24,179
> Median earnings for bachelor’s degree holders: $67,355
> Median earnings for high school graduates: $34,389
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 41.4%
> Most concentrated job requiring bachelor’s degree: Fashion Designers (6.3 times the national employment share)

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11. Napa, CA
> Earnings premium for bachelor’s degree holders: +$24,317
> Median earnings for bachelor’s degree holders: $69,402
> Median earnings for high school graduates: $34,048
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 37.2%
> Most concentrated job requiring bachelor’s degree: Food Scientists and Technologists (12.1 times the national employment share)

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