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: Huntsville
> Pct. of adults with a bachelor’s degree or higher: 36.8%
> Median household income: $58,238
> Unemployment rate: 3.6%
> Number of postsecondary institutions: 11
Home to both Alabama A&M University and the University of Alabama Huntsville, the Huntsville metro area is Alabama’s most educated. The higher education level could be a contributing factor in Huntsville’s higher median household income of $58,238 a year. Statewide, just 24.7% of adults have at least a college degree — well below the 36.8% share in Huntsville — and the median household income is $46,257.
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.