Well, this isn’t what you want to hear. A North Carolina city was named amongst the least educated in America according to data from USA By The Numbers. To be fair the methodology was not included in this article, but by reading the introduction to this list I would wager it is based on the percentage of people with post-secondary education. I came to this conclusion based on the following sentence. “A stronger local economy and a better workforce are the results of a higher proportion of the population with postsecondary education or training. It may also be indicative of the quality of the local public school system.” The author goes on to say you may want to avoid these cities.
So which North Carolina city is supposedly the least educated? According to USA By The Numbers Hickory ranked 11th on this list.
- Dalton, GA
- Merced, CA
- McCallen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Visalia-Porterville, CA
- Salinas, CA
- Ocala, FL
- Corpus Christi, TX
- Laredo, TX
- Fresno, CA
- Lafayette, LA
- Hickory, NC
- Beaumont, TX
- Modesto, CA
- North Charleston, SC
- Stockton-Lodi, CA
Without any disclosed data or methodology, I have to take this with a grain of salt. And going off the experiences I’ve had with Hickory, I’m going to respectfully disagree with these rankings. But if you want to read more about it you can read the full USA By The Numbers article here.
Two North Carolina Cities Are Among The Most Educated In The Country
When choosing a place to live there are a lot of factors that play into that decision. You want a good education for your children, but additionally living in a highly educated area has other benefits. More education means higher salaries, which in turn means economic growth and higher tax revenues. But what North Carolina cities are home to the most educated people? Well two of them made the top 20 of WalletHub’s latest list. The list is 2022’s Most & Least Educated Cities in America. Another NC city just cracked the top 30 as well.
How do you determine the most educated cities? WalletHub compared the 150 largest metropolitan statistical areas across 11 key metrics. They measured the share of adults aged 25 and older with a bachelor’s degree or higher. Then looked at this number against the quality of the public-school system to the gender education gap.
It wasn’t all good news for North Carolina though. Unfortunately, some cities also ranked towards the bottom of this list. Including Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC coming in at 145 out of 150. Another major city, missing from this list was sitting at 53.
Two North Carolina Cities Rank In The Top 30 Most Educated Cities In The Country