While President Obama has made access to higher education a priority and a record number of Americans have college degrees, The Lumina Foundation–which works to increase college enrollment–has set an ambitious goal that 60-percent of adults in the U.S. will have an associates degree (or higher) by 2025.
So, how close are we to that goal?
Well, according to The Lumina Foundation, some cities are closer to the target than others.
Liz Dwyer of GOOD reports:
According to the data, the Washington, D.C. metro area is the most highly educated in the nation with 54.37 percent of adults having an associate’s degree or higher. With those kind of numbers, it’s no wonder that for the past two years D.C. has been named the most literate city in the nation. Given that the demands of a highly educated workforce are high in Silicon Valley, it’s no surprise that San Jose, California metro area came in a close second, with 54.08 percent. And, since many colleges and universities are in close proximity, the Boston area came in third with 54.01 percent.
However, at the other end of the lists are cities like Bakersfield, California, which came in second-to-last with only 21.33 percent of adults having an associate’s degree or higher. The McAllen, Texas metro area only has 20.78 percent.
While D.C., San Jose, and Boston top the “most educated” list, the college town of Maddison, WI, and the NYC suburb, Bridgeport, CT round out the top five.
Check out the full list at GOOD.
Are you living in one of the most educated cities?