Extensive infrastructure, public services and amendable tax policies; these are advantages corporations and organizations find when they locate in developed urban areas.
Many college graduates are drawn to cities to staff these businesses, which in turn concentrates the high-education demographic in the same locations. But, according to WalletHub.com, not all highly educated people flock to urban areas. Some prefer to prioritize socializing and career connections, and others may enjoy the feeling of “being a big fish in a small pond.”
So, what does the distribution of highly educated workers actually look like city by city?
To determine where the most educated Americans are putting their degrees to work, the WalletHub website compared the 150 largest metropolitan statistical areas and looked at which ones had the largest share of adults age 25 or older with a bachelor’s degree or higher.
They compared that information to the quality of the public school system and the gender education gap to discover the most educated areas in the U.S. are:
- Ann Arbor, Michigan
- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California
- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, D.C., Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia
- Madison, Wisconsin
- San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley, California
- Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Massachusets and New Hampshire
- Burham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina
- Raleigh-Cary, North Carolina
- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington
- Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown, Texas