Austin ranks high on most-educated cities list, but the rest of Texas didn’t fare so well

11:47 a.m. Wednesday, July 26, 2017 Austin360 Home
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Downtown Austin, an educated place to build stuff. From June 7, 2017. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

The financial website WalletHub has ranked 150 of the  most and least-educated metro areas in the United States and boy howdy, Texas is all over the place on this thing.

Austin-Round Rock fares well, coming in at No. 9, right below San Francisco-Oakland-Heyward, Calif. and Tallhassee, Fla.

But Brownsville-Harlingen and McAllen-Edinburg-Mission were ranked 149 and 150, aka dead last, below a bunch of California burgs, reinforcing the idea (not theirs, but one held by many, I suspect) that California and Texas are dark mirrors of each other. (Personal view: I suspect that if there was a high level California and Texas summit in which the states could work out their varying worldviews, our combined awesomeness could change the planet.)   

Dallas comes in at No. 70, Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land lands at No. 79,San Antonio at 109, Killeen at 111 and Corpus at 137, El Paso at 139, and Beaumont at 141.

Ann Arbor, Michigan comes in at No. 1, a city that, likely thanks to being the home of the University of Michigan, sports a 52 percent bachelor's degree rate.  

Washington D.C., San Jose, Calif., Durham-Chapel Hill, N.C., and Madison, Wisc. fill out the top five. D.C., of course, houses several universities and most of the the federal government, San Jose is the heart of Silicon Valley and the other two are university towns.

Rankings were formulated by looking at the education quality in the area and educational attainment using nine different metrics. 

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