Where Des Moines/West Des Moines Lands Among the Most-Educated Cities


Listen as Max & Amy discuss the latest WalletHub survey listing the Most & Least Educated Cities in the US. The Des Moines/West Des Moines metro was included in the survey and ranked #55 among 150 of the largest metropolitan areas.

  • They looked at 150 of the largest metropolitan areas, judging them on 11 factors in areas of educational attainment and quality of education and attainment gap.
  • Those factors include share of adults 25 or older with a bachelor’s degree or higher, quality of public school system, quality of universities, gender education gap and more.
  • With that in mind, Ann Arbor, Michigan is the Most Educated City in America, with a score of 94.02.
  • It ranks number one for both education attainment and quality of education and attainment gap.

Top Ten Most Educated Cities in the U.S.

  1. Ann Arbor, MI
  2. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
  3. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
  4. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
  5. Madison, WI
  6. Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH
  7. Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
  8. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
  9. Austin-Round Rock, TX
  10. Provo-Orem, UT 

Des Moines/West Des Moines falls in at #55

  • As for the least educated city in the U.S., that would be Visalia, California, which scores only a 9.93 and is in the bottom five for both education attainment and quality of education and attainment gap.

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