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Cities Where a College Education Pays Off the Most

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10. Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH
> Earnings premium for bachelor’s degree holders: +$24,335
> Median earnings for bachelor’s degree holders: $68,618
> Median earnings for high school graduates: $38,416
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 48.9%
> Most concentrated job requiring bachelor’s degree: Biochemists and Biophysicists (11.9 times the national employment share)

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9. Kennewick-Richland, WA
> Earnings premium for bachelor’s degree holders: +$24,453
> Median earnings for bachelor’s degree holders: $65,496
> Median earnings for high school graduates: $33,651
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 27.9%
> Most concentrated job requiring bachelor’s degree: Agricultural Inspectors (15.9 times the national employment share)

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8. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
> Earnings premium for bachelor’s degree holders: +$24,856
> Median earnings for bachelor’s degree holders: $70,490
> Median earnings for high school graduates: $39,496
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 43.6%
> Most concentrated job requiring bachelor’s degree: Special Effects Artists and Animators (7.0 times the national employment share)

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7. Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA
> Earnings premium for bachelor’s degree holders: +$24,863
> Median earnings for bachelor’s degree holders: $66,855
> Median earnings for high school graduates: $32,875
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 41.8%
> Most concentrated job requiring bachelor’s degree: Anthropologists and Archeologists (9.1 times the national employment share)

6. California-Lexington Park, MD
> Earnings premium for bachelor’s degree holders: +$25,822
> Median earnings for bachelor’s degree holders: $83,375
> Median earnings for high school graduates: $41,535
> Adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 32.0%
> Most concentrated job requiring bachelor’s degree: Aerospace Engineers (60.1 times the national employment share)

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