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The Most Educated City in the US Is...

Published On 08/17/2015 Published On 08/17/2015
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While most of us have attended a few classes, read some Dostoyevsky, and done extensive research on drinking games in exchange for degrees, not everywhere in the US is filled with the brightest individuals. 

To find out which cities have the most educated people, Wallethub collected data from the 150 biggest US metropolitan areas, taking into account things like the percentage of adults 25 and older with bachelor’s degrees or higher, quality of education, and attainment gaps. Ann Arbor, MI comes in at no. 1, with the highest percentage of bachelor's degree and graduate degree holders, as well as a high standing in quality of education. And let's not forget, Ann Arbor is also one of the best college towns for food and drink... so, we get it guys, you're great.

In at no. 2 is the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria metro area, and in no. 3, Madison, WI. Surprisingly, some big metro areas ranked fairly low. For instance, Chicago-Naperville-Elgin came in at no. 40, and New York-Newark-Jersey City came in at no. 58. Overall, the most educated people in the US are concentrated in the South and Northeast. Sorry, rest of the US, we're sure you have... nice hair? 

Check out the top 10 below:

10. Raleigh, NC
9. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
8. Lansing-East Lansing, MI
7. Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH
6. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
5. Colorado Springs, CO
4. Provo-Orem, UT
3. Madison, WI
2. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
1. Ann Arbor, MI

Lucy Meilus is a staff writer for Thrillist and a beauty school dropout. Follow her on Twitter at @Lucymeilus and send news tips to news@thrillist.com.

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