With the cost of college tuition at an all time high, some may wonder if it is even worth it to invest the time and money it takes to earn a four-year degree. In state tuition at a state school is, on average, more than five times as expensive as it was in 1990 — which could put a huge financial burden on students and their families.
Still, a college education can be incredibly beneficial. The right degree from a good school can lead to many more and higher paying job opportunities otherwise unavailable to less educated workers.
> Most educated city: State College
> Pct. of adults with a bachelor’s degree or higher: 48.3%
> Median household income: $60,266
> Unemployment rate: 3.4%
> Number of postsecondary institutions: 5
Aptly named, State College has the highest percentage of people who graduated from college of any city in Pennsylvania. State College also ranks first in Pennsylvania and 10th nationally in high school graduation rate as well.
The benefits of education are apparent in State College. The metro area boasts the lowest unemployment rate, and food stamps or SNAP benefit recipiency rate of all metro areas in Pennsylvania.
24/7 Wall St. reviewed data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2016 American Community Survey to identify the most educated city in each state. Nationwide, 31.3% of American adults have earned a bachelor’s degree. However, college attainment rates vary greatly by state — from 42.7% of adults in Massachusetts to 20.8% in West Virginia. As a result, the best educated city in some states are home to a lower concentration of college educated adults than the U.S. as whole. In other cities on this list, over half of all adults have a bachelor’s degree or higher.