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Ann Arbor Named ‘Most Educated City in the U.S.’

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Two Michigan cities are ranked among Forbes Top 25 Most Educated Cities in America.

East Lansing came in at No. 8 on Forbes’ list, with Ann Arbor taking the No. 1 position.

To determine the most and least educated cities in the U.S., financial website Wallethub looked at the 150 largest metropolitan areas in the country.

They examined cities on criteria like public school system rankings, average quality of universities, and percentage of adults with a high school diploma, associate’s, graduate, or professional degree.

Here’s what Forbes has to say about No. 8 East Lansing:

Colloquially referred to as Mid-Michigan, Lansing is an important center for education, culture, politics and business. It is home to three medical schools, two law schools including the nation’s largest law school, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Michigan State, the state capital, state Supreme Court and Court of Appeals and headquarters of four national insurance companies.


Cultural elements in the city are highlighted by the African American Parade and Heritage Festival, Silver Bells in the City Parade, the Lansing JazzFest, the Old Town BluesFest and the Common Ground Festival among several others. Other points of interest in the city include the Michigan Museum of Surveying, the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame, R.E. Olds Transportation Museum and the historic Potter Park Zoo.”


Here’s Forbes praise for No. 1 Ann Arbor:

Ann Arbor is home to the University of Michigan, which is the dominant institution of higher learning in the city, and shapes the economy significantly as it employs a majority of the residents for its staff and medical center. Many Ann Arbor cultural attractions and events are sponsored by the University of Michigan.


Some of the largest pertain to the sporting events held at Michigan Stadium, the largest football stadium in the country. Several performing arts groups and facilities are located on the university’s campus, as are museums dedicated to art, archaeology and natural history and sciences.”

Wallethub’s findings for Top 10 Most Educated Cities:

1. Ann Arbor, Michigan

2. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

3. Madison, Wisconsin

4. Provo-Orem, Utah

5. Colorado Springs, Colorado

6. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington

7. Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH

8. Lansing-East Lansing, Michigan

9. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

10. Raleigh, North Carolina

Wallethub’s Findings for Top 10 Least Educated Cities:

1. Brownsville-Harlingen, Texas

2. Visalia-Porterville, California

3. Bakersfield, California

4. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas

5. Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas

6. Lakeland-Winter Haven, Florida

7. Modesto, California

8. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, North Carolina

9. Lafayette, Louisiana

10. Fresno, California

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