Richmond makes top 50 on list of most educated cities in the US

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Students walk around a RAMS sign at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., on June 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Students walk around a RAMS sign at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., on June 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

CHICAGO (NewsNation Now/WRIC) — Richmond is listed as one of the top 50 most educated cities in the entire country. Based on survey data, the metro area comes in at 37, but some of RVA’s statistics are not so promising.

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 Richmond region had a high ranking for educational attainment which includes things like share of the population with a high school diploma or with varying levels of college education. Where Richmond falls short is based on racial gaps in education.

Richmond was one of five areas said to have the largest racial education gap favoring white people.

The Washington, D.C. metropolitan area came in at number 3 overall and Virginia Beach came just behind Richmond at 42.

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

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

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.

To see where your city ranks, check out the full list on WalletHub’s website

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