College Degree Attainment

Some interesting info from the Urbanophile.

College degree attainment (the percentage of adults with a bachelors degree or higher), is one of the most critical factors in urban success. The map shows the percentage of college graduates by State. Dark blue is higher.

Here are the top ten metro areas, among those with a population greater than one million, showing total number of people with degrees and the attainment percentage:

RowMetro Area2010
1Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV1,758,297 (46.8%)
2San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA558,519 (45.3%)
3San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA1,317,354 (43.4%)
4Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH1,335,276 (43.0%)
5Raleigh-Cary, NC301,012 (41.0%)
6Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX429,163 (39.4%)
7Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO651,661 (38.2%)
8Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI822,321 (37.9%)
9Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA867,193 (37.0%)
10New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA4,613,445 (36.0%)

And here’s the bottom ten:

RowMetro Area2010
1Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA499,663 (19.5%)
2Las Vegas-Paradise, NV278,387 (21.6%)
3Memphis, TN-MS-AR209,987 (25.1%)
4San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX344,247 (25.4%)
5Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN224,392 (25.8%)
6Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL513,182 (26.2%)
7Birmingham-Hoover, AL198,856 (26.3%)
8New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA209,916 (26.8%)
9Jacksonville, FL241,801 (26.9%)
10Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ731,643 (27.2%)

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