While we can’t for certain pinpoint the “smartest” cities in America, we do have the data to see which cities are the most educated. The factors include how many adults over the age of 25 have earned a Bachelor’s Degree or higher.
Also taken into account is the quality of the city’s public school system, educating the young population of the metropolitan area. WalletHub conducted this research, comparing 150 of the most populated regions in America.
What they found is that Ann Arbor, Michigan, tops the list, along with San Jose, California, Washington D.C., Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina and the San Francisco Bay Area.
The bottom five on the list are the cities of Modesto and Bakersfield in California, the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission and Brownsville-Harlingen regions of Texas, and Visalia-Porterville, California. This shows that many of the states that are home to the most educated cities are also the states that have some of the lowest educated metropolitan populations.