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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. The good news is two North Carolina cities made the top 10 for the most educated. The bad news? 4 North Carolina cities were ranked in the bottom 50 of the least educated. This is according to WalletHub’s latest list. The list is 2022’s Most & Least Educated Cities in America.

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.

Another major city, missing from this list was sitting at 53. Which out of 150 is still the top half at least. What does this mean? There is a wide variety in the education levels throughout the state of North Carolina. So when choosing where to live in the state, it is important to do your research.

Four North Carolina Cities Rank In The Bottom 50 Educated Cities In The Country

  • 100. Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ

    Pennsylvania

    Pennsylvania Welcomes You road sign at the state border

    Total Score: 48.57

    Educational Attainment: 97

    Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 94

  • 101. Greensboro-High Point, NC

    Greensboro skyline

    Greensboro, North Carolina skyline from the west. (Photo: Raynor Garey/Getty Images)

    Total Score: 48.41

    Educational Attainment: 105

    Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 37

  • 102. Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL

    Florida

    Florida directional sign

    Total Score: 48.16

    Educational Attainment: 98

    Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 103

  • 103. Toledo, OH

    Ohio

    WELCOME TO OHIO – traffic sign message

    Total Score: 47.29

    Educational Attainment: 104

    Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 92

  • 104. Memphis, TN

    Recreation

    Beale St, Memphis

    Total Score: 46.59

    Educational Attainment: 103

    Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 114

  • 105. San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX

    Total Score:

    Educational Attainment:

    Quality of Education & Attainment Gap:

  • 106. Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL

    Florida

    Florida directional sign

    Total Score: 46.40

    Educational Attainment: 107

    Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 93

  • 107. Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC

    South Carolina

    Total Score: 46.36

    Educational Attainment: 111

    Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 36

  • 108. Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

    Iowa

    Iowa state of United States flag on flagpole textile cloth fabric waving on the top sunrise mist fog

    Total Score:46.32

    Educational Attainment: 102

    Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 141

  • 109. Fort Wayne, IN

    Indiana

    Aerial view over the downtown city skyline of Fort Wayne Indiana USA

    Total Score: 46.08

    Educational Attainment: 108

    Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 86

  • 110. Tulsa, OK

    Oklahoma

    Total Score: 45.36

    Educational Attainment: 110

    Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 102

  • 111. Winston-Salem, NC

    Winston Salem

    Winston-Salem North Carolina NC Downtown Skyline Aerial at Sunset.

    Total Score: 45.20

    Educational Attainment: 120

    Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 19

  • 112. Chattanooga, TN-GA

    Tennessee

    Tennessee welcomes you sign at he state border

    Total Score: 44.92

    Educational Attainment: 112

    Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 77

  • 113. Baton Rouge, LA

    Louisiana

    Louisiana stateline sign

    Total Score: 44.91

    Educational Attainment: 114

    Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 65

  • 114. Fayetteville, NC

    Fayettevile

    The turnabout on Hay Street passes by a historic location in Fayetteville NC

    Total Score: 44.88

    Educational Attainment: 116

    Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 51

  • 115. Salisbury, MD-DE

    Maryland

    Total Score: 44.16

    Educational Attainment: 106

    Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 143

  • 116. Salem, OR

    Oregon

    Travelers will be welcomed to Oregon by this sign on I-5

    Total Score: 43.45

    Educational Attainment: 121

    Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 45

  • 117. Port St. Lucie, FL

    Florida

    Florida directional sign

    Total Score: 42.87

    Educational Attainment: 119

    Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 99

  • 118. Killeen-Temple, TX

    Texas

    State flag of Texas waving in the wind. Dramatic sky background. 3d illustration.

    Total Score: 42.83

    Educational Attainment: 113

    Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 125

  • 119. Augusta-Richmond Country, CA-SC

    Augusta Georgia Downtown

    Total Score: 42.12

    Educational Attainment: 117

    Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 129

  • 120. Vallejo, CA

    California

    California state – road sign map

    Total Score: 41.93

    Educational Attainment: 109

    Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 148

  • 121. Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL

    Daytona 500

    DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 20: Austin Cindric, driver of the #2 Discount Tire Ford, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Cup Series 64th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 20, 2022 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

    Total Score: 41.33

    Educational Attainment: 118

    Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 138

  • 122. Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

    Nevada

    Aerial view of Las Vegas strip in Nevada as seen at night USA

    Total Score: 41.25

    Educational Attainment: 126

    Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 32

  • 123. Gulfport-Biloxi, MS

    Mississippi

    Mississippi State welcome sign along the US Highway 61 in the USA; Concept for travel in America and Road Trip in America

    Total Score: 41.13

    Educational Attainment: 122

    Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 108

  • 124. Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, PA

    Pennsylvania

    Pennsylvania Welcomes You road sign at the state border

    Total Score: 40.42

    Educational Attainment: 123

    Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 119

  • 125. Shreveport-Bossier City, LA

    Louisiana

    Total Score: 40.09

    Educational Attainment: 125

    Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 101

  • 126. Lancaster, PA

    Pennsylvania

    Pennsylvania Welcomes You road sign at the state border

    Total Score: 39.67

    Educational Attainment: 128

    Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 73

  • 127. Flint, MI

    Michigan

    Michigan Welcome Sign – summer time.

    Total Score: 39.49

    Educational Attainment: 124

    Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 126

  • 128. Canton-Massillon, OH

    Ohio

    WELCOME TO OHIO – traffic sign message

    Total Score: 39.48

    Educational Attainment: 129

    Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 75

  • 129. York-Hanover, PA

    Pennsylvania

    Pennsylvania Welcomes You road sign at the state border

    Total Score: 39.10

    Educational Attainment: 127

    Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 98

  • 130. Reading, PA

    Pennsylvania

    Pennsylvania Welcomes You road sign at the state border

    Total Score: 37.17

    Educational Attainment: 131

    Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 113

  • 131. Rockford, IL

    Illinois

    Total Score: 36.92

    Educational Attainment: 130

    Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 131

  • 132. Mobile, AL

    Alabama

    Total Score: 36.88

    Educational Attainment: 132

    Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 80

  • 133. Lafayette, LA

    Louisiana

    Louisiana stateline sign

    Total Score: 36.17

    Educational Attainment: 137

    Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 6

  • 134. Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA

    Ohio

    WELCOME TO OHIO – traffic sign message

    Total Score: 35.22

    Educational Attainment: 133

    Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 88

  • 135. Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH

    West Virginia

    West Virginia flag on a flagpole waving in the wind, blue sky background. 3d rendering.

    Total Score: 34.97

    Educational Attainment: 134

    Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 64

  • 136. Riverside-San Bernardino- Ontario, CA

    Riverside

    Daytime skyline aerial view of downtown Riverside, California, USA.

    Total Score: 33.48

    Educational Attainment: 136

    Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 67

  • 137. Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL

    Florida

    Florida directional sign

    Total Score: 32.21

    Educational Attainment: 140

    Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 61

  • 138. El Paso, TX

    Texas

    State flag of Texas waving in the wind. Dramatic sky background. 3d illustration.

    Total Score: 31.90

    Educational Attainment: 139

    Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 81

  • 139. Fresno, CA

    California

    California state – road sign map

    Total Score:

    Educational Attainment:

    Quality of Education & Attainment Gap:

  • 140. Salinas, CA

    California

    California state – road sign map

    Total Score: 29.61

    Educational Attainment: 141

    Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 115

  • 141. Corpus Christi,TX

    Texas

    State flag of Texas waving in the wind. Dramatic sky background. 3d illustration.

    Total Score: 29.26

    Educational Attainment: 138

    Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 139

  • 142. Ocala, FL

    Florida

    Florida directional sign

    Total Score: 28.74

    Educational Attainment: 135

    Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 149

  • 143. Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX

    Texas

    State flag of Texas waving in the wind. Dramatic sky background. 3d illustration.

    Total Score: 28.08

    Educational Attainment: 143

    Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 96

  • 144. Stockton, CA

    California

    California state – road sign map

    Total Score: 25.84

    Educational Attainment: 145

    Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 97

  • 145. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC

    Hickory

    Downtown Hickory NC

    Total Score: 24.75

    Educational Attainment: 144

    Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 145

  • 146. Modesto, CA

    California

    California state – road sign map

    Total Score: 20.58

    Educational Attainment: 146

    Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 142

  • 147. Bakersfield, CA

    Total Score: 16.74

    Educational Attainment: 147

    Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 136

  • 148. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX

    Texas

    State flag of Texas waving in the wind. Dramatic sky background. 3d illustration.

    Total Score: 14.88

    Educational Attainment: 150

    Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 9

  • 149. Brownsville-Harlingen, TX

    Texas

    State flag of Texas waving in the wind. Dramatic sky background. 3d illustration.

    Total Score: 10.34

    Educational Attainment: 149

    Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 121

  • 150. Visalia, CA

    California

    California state – road sign map

    Total Score: 9.09

    Educational Attainment: 148

    Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 147

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