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? 

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  • SL

    Yup! DMV born and raised… (and educated).

  • ThisIshRightHere

    On a scale of 1 to Gucci mane, how ignant would it be for me to also bring up that the most educated metro area in the US also has an STD rate that rivals (if not surpasses) sub-saharan Africa? #seriousquestion

    • maria

      aaah this stat again. its true but it is misleading because it focuses on the number of people with AIDs rather and the number of people acquiring AIDs. dc has a high AIDs rate because with modern treatments, less and less people are dying from the disease and are able to live reasonably long lives. sub-saharan africans, on the other hand, are more likely to get AIDs but die more often, therefore cutting down the population with the disease.

      anyways, i’m DC b&r. i agree that a lot of the high education rates are due to implants. but then again, i’m in my college library right now so DCPS must’ve done something right.

  • Best Guest

    DC here and yes we have significant portion of educated Blacks not just in the city but in the surrounding suburbs. To the poster that said that the majority result of DC’s educated status was because of the implants, thats not true. DC has had an educated class (Blk & Wht) for decades before this recent 10 yr influx of transients.