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: Tallahassee
> Pct. of adults with a bachelor’s degree or higher: 39.3%
> Median household income: $50,654
> Unemployment rate: 3.7%
> Number of postsecondary institutions: 8
Of the 22 major metropolitan areas throughout the Sunshine State, Tallahassee is home to the largest share of college-educated adults. Some 39.3% of area residents 25 and older have at least a bachelor’s degree, a difference of over 10 percentage points from the 28.6% statewide bachelor’s degree attainment rate.
As the state capital, Tallahassee’s economy is bolstered by government jobs — many of which require a college education. Some 22.9% of Tallahassee’s labor force work in state government, a larger share than in all but a handful of other metro areas nationwide.
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.