Bakersfield makes list of America’s top 5 least educated cities

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CHICAGO (NewsNation Now) — If you’re looking for America’s most educated city, you’ll find it in the Midwest.

Ann Arbor, Michigan is the most educated city in the United States according to a recent survey, followed by San Jose, Washington D.C., and San Francisco.

The WalletHub survey measured education levels of residents along with the quality of the school systems in that area and related metrics to come up with America’s most educated cities.

It compared 150 of the most populated U.S. metropolitan statistical areas to score the most and least educated cities across the country.

The top five educated cities in the U.S. are

  1. Ann Arbor, MI
  2. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
  3. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
  4. San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley, CA
  5. Madison, WI

Ann Arbor has the highest number of residents with high school and higher education levels along with the highest quality school system. The survey does note that Ann Arbor also has a significantly high racial education wealth gap out of the cities looked at.

Source: WalletHub

The bottom five for education in the U.S. are

  1. Visalia, CA
  2. Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
  3. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
  4. Bakersfield, CA
  5. Modesto, CA

Visalia ranked lowest for residents with higher educational attainment especially Bachelor’s and Graduate school degrees.

Besides the overall ranking, Bakersfield also made the lists of top five lowest percent of high school diploma, associate degree, bachelor’s degree and graduate degree holders as well as in the top five lowest average universities.

In publishing the results WalletHub does note, “Not all highly educated people will flock to the same areas, though. Some may prefer to have many people with similar education levels around them for socializing and career connections. Others may want to be a big fish in a little pond. Not every city will provide the same quality of life to those with higher education, either.”

The rankings of cities are also expected to change in the next few years due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on education and the workforce.

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