Boston Ranked Sixth Most Educated Metropolitan Area in America

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Even with a few dozen world-class colleges and universities in our midst and the first public school system in America, Boston is still only the sixth most educated metropolitan area.

Ann Arbor, Washington D.C., San Jose, Durham-Chapel Hill, and even Madison, Wisconsin, ranked higher than Boston, according to a new report by personal finance social network WalletHub. Worcester ranked 46th, while Springfield placed 96th.

To compile their ranking, WalletHub compared the 150 largest U.S. metropolitan statistical areas, or MSAs, across nine metrics, including the percentage of adults over 25 with a diploma, quality of public schools, and number of students enrolled in top 200 universities.

The report found Portland, Maine, had the fifth highest percentage of people with high school diplomas, while Bridgeport-Stamford-Norfolk had the fourth highest percentage of people with a bachelor’s degree. Ranked in dead last was the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission metropolitan area in Texas.

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