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Michigan is apparently very educated, because for a second year in a row, the state has the No. 1 most educated city in America. We have several great public universities, as well as lots of private ones, so it’s no big surprise, but still nice to see us top the national list.

On Monday (July 18), WalletHub.com released their annual list of the most educated cities in the U.S. “Cities want to attract highly educated workers to fuel their economic growth and tax revenues,” they state in the study. “Higher levels of education tend to lead to higher salaries. Plus, the more that graduates earn, the more tax dollars they contribute over time, according to the Economic Policy Institute. In turn, educated people want to live somewhere where they will get a good return on their educational investment. People also tend to marry others of the same educational level, which means that cities that already have a large educated population may be more attractive to people with degrees.”

To find the most educated cities in America, “WalletHub compared the 150 largest metropolitan statistical areas, or MSAs, across 11 key metrics. Our data set ranges from the share of adults aged 25 and older with a bachelor’s degree or higher to the quality of the public-school system to the gender education gap.”

So, what’s the most educated city in America? Ann Arbor. The city has the highest percentage of high school diploma holders, highest percentage of associates degree holders or college-experienced adults and other bonuses. I know quite a few people who live in Ann Arbor, and they do talk about the high quality of public schools in the area, which is another factor. Also, Ann Arbor is, of course, home to the University of Michigan, one of the best universities in the U.S. Find out more via the YouTube video here. Find the full list here.

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  • 50. Kentucky

  • 49. University of Pennsylvania

  • 48. Florida Atlantic University

  • 47. FGCU

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    FGCU is a top ranked public university in Southwest Florida that offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs. FGCU is accredited by SACS and provides big opportunities with a small university feel. FGCU students can graduate in four years with degrees including business, engineering, arts, sciences, health, nursing, education and more.

  • 46. Jacksonville

  • 45. UCLA

  • 44. LSU

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  • 43. Florida

  • 42. Oklahoma

  • 41. Texas

  • 40. Ohio State

  • 39. Michigan

  • 38. Santa Barbara

  • 37. James Madison

  • 36. UNC

  • 35. University of Missouri

  • 34. University of Kansas

  • 33. Howard University

  • 32. UAB

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham | UAB

    UAB is an internationally renowned research university and academic medical center known for its innovative and interdisciplinary approach to education.

  • 31. Bucknell


  • 30. Cincinnati


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  • 29. Tennessee

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  • 28. CU Boulder

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  • 27. Michigan State

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  • 26. San Diego State


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  • 25. Delaware

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  • 24. U Miami

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  • 23. Wisconsin

    University of Wisconsin-Madison

    The University of Wisconsin is a top-ranked research institution located in Madison, Wisconsin, providing exceptional education opportunities to undergraduates, graduate and professional students.

  • 22. Maine

    The University of Maine

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  • 21. Southern Cal

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    The University of Southern California is a leading private research university located in Los Angeles - a global center for arts, technology and international business. It is home to the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and 21 exceptional academic schools and units.

  • 20. University of Mississippi

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  • 19. Syracuse

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    Professor's collaborative research draws on social justice issues to improve outcomes in math education. Stay Safe The current COVID level is YELLOW. Visit the Stay Safe site for masking guidance. of Syracuse University students receive some form of financial support totaling more than $411 million. majors and 100+ minors within 13 schools and colleges.

  • 18. Dayton

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  • 17. Ohio University

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    Ohio University offers more than 250 programs, including undergraduate and graduate-level study with outstanding professors. At OHIO, you'll gain knowledge, skills, and experiences for career success.

  • 16. East Carolina

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  • 15. Illinois

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  • 14. U. South Carolina

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  • 13. Chico State

    California State University, Chico

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  • 12. Indiana

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    Founded in 1820, IU Bloomington is the flagship campus of IU's eight campuses and is known for innovation, creativity, and academic freedom.

  • 11. Miami of Ohio

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  • 10. Arizona

    University of Arizona

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  • 9. UMass

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  • 8. Iowa

    The University of Iowa

    Ranked among the top 5% of universities in the world. 200+ areas of study. Located in one of America's best college towns. Come see what it means to be a Hawkeye.

  • 7. Florida State

    Florida State University

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  • 6. Penn State

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  • 5. Georgia


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  • 4. Tulane

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  • 2. WVU

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    It is a really good in-state institution, so it was close enough to home while still getting out of my hometown. Plus it has a really good pre-med program, and I have always loved the environment of WVU and Morgantown! Riley Harris Biology and Psychology major from Parkersburg, West Virginia

  • 1. Alabama

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