Monday, March 2, 2015


Rust Belt cities are rarely described as intelligent.  Gritty, blue-collar, cold, and snowy…yes.  Intelligent…not as much. recently ranked America’s 150 largest metropolitan statistical areas from most to least educated.  Each area received an Education Level Rank and Quality of Education Rank which were then combined for an Overall Rank.  Rochester’s Overall Rank of 49, while tolerable, was dragged down severely by an underperforming city school district which essentially crushed the Quality of Education rank (115 out of 150.)  The Education Level Rank, on the other hand, paints a much different story.  This ranking takes into account educational attainment among adults 25 and older, doctors per capita, and the percent of workers with jobs in computer, engineering, and science fields.  The results:

1. Ann Arbor, MI
2. Madison, WI
3. Washington D.C.
4. Boston, MA
5. Seattle, WA
6. Minneapolis, MN
7. Albany, NY
8. Portland, ME
9. Colorado Springs, CO
10. Manchester, NH
11. Portland, OR
12. Raleigh, NC
13. Durham, NC
14. Bridgeport, CT
15. San Jose, CA
16. Denver, CO
17. (tie) Baltimore, MD and Huntsville, AL
19. Hartford, CT
20. Rochester, NY

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