Youngstown area 128th of 150 in survey of education, attainment gap

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A new list of America’s most- and least-educated areas suggests that the Youngstown area is lagging behind in attracting educated residents.

The personal finance website took a look at where the most educated Americans are choosing to live. The Youngstown-Warren-Boardman area, as classified by Wallethub, came in 128th, while Pittsburgh ranked 46th and Cleveland placed 83rd.

The survey ranked 150 of America’s largest metropolitan areas on two categories, “education level” and “quality of education and attainment gap.” Areas where blacks fared well as compared to whites and women, as compared with men, scored better on the “attainment gap” section.

Ann Arbor, Michigan topped the list as the most educated city in America. The percentage of graduate or professional degree holders in those cities is up to six-times higher than the south Texas town of Brownsville. The study found that region to have the lowest percentage of high school graduates as well as bachelor and graduate degree holders.

The survey goes on to show that a skilled and educated workforce can boost the economy. People with higher levels of education are often the highest earning and able to inject more money into their local economies.

Here are the top five:

  1. Ann Arbor, Michigan
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. Madison, Wisconsin
  4. Provo, Utah
  5. Colorado Springs, Colorado

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