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: Austin-Round Rock
> Pct. of adults with a bachelor’s degree or higher: 42.8%
> Median household income: $71,000
> Unemployment rate: 3.1%
> Number of postsecondary institutions: 43
Of the 25 metro areas in Texas, the Austin-Round Rock area has the highest college attainment rate at 42.8%. Austin’s poverty rate of 10.9% is also nearly 5 percentage points lower than the state poverty rate. The metro area also has the lowest percentage of people using SNAP or food stamps of any Texas metro area.
With more than 50,000 total students, the University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest schools in the country. Austin is also the state capital, drawing in many professionals with degrees.
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.