Educational attainment of workers aged 18-35 years old, 2011

100 Largest Metro Areas in 2011 Rank (1= highest % with BA+) Percent with BA degree or more Percent HS dropouts Rank (1= lowest % HS dropouts)
Washington, DC/MD/VA 1 45.3% 7.8% 45
Boston, MA-NH 2 45.2% 5.8% 13
Madison, WI 3 43.0% 2.6% 2
San Jose, CA 4 42.0% 6.8% 24
San Francisco-Oakland-Vallejo, CA 5 40.3% 7.5% 37
New York-Northeastern NJ 6 40.1% 8.8% 60
Pittsburgh, PA 7 38.4% 3.9% 3
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN 8 38.2% 5.1% 7
Seattle-Everett, WA 9 36.9% 6.3% 19
Raleigh-Durham, NC 10 36.9% 10.3% 77
Austin, TX 11 36.0% 9.7% 74
Ann Arbor, MI 12 35.7% 4.6% 6
Chicago, IL 13 35.3% 8.7% 59
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 14 35.0% 5.8% 12
Hartford-Bristol-Middleton- New Britain, CT 15 34.5% 9.4% 69
Philadelphia, PA/NJ 16 34.0% 6.3% 18
Denver-Boulder, CO 17 33.9% 8.9% 61
Baltimore, MD 18 33.2% 6.9% 27
Columbus, OH 19 32.6% 7.1% 30
Rochester, NY 20 32.4% 6.8% 25
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY 21 32.3% 5.8% 11
Milwaukee, WI 22 31.5% 7.4% 34
Atlanta, GA 23 31.3% 11.9% 86
Nashville, TN 24 31.2% 7.0% 29
Monmouth-Ocean, NJ 25 31.1% 7.6% 43
Kansas City, MO-KS 26 30.6% 7.9% 47
Indianapolis, IN 27 30.5% 11.6% 83
Richmond-Petersburg, VA 28 30.3% 8.9% 62
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 29 30.0% 9.5% 71
Wilmington, DE/NJ/MD 30 29.9% 6.5% 21
Charleston-N.Charleston,SC 31 29.6% 6.9% 26
St. Louis, MO-IL 32 29.5% 6.1% 16
Portland, OR-WA 33 29.3% 7.5% 41
Cincinnati-Hamilton, OH/KY/IN 34 29.0% 7.7% 44
Omaha, NE/IA 35 29.0% 8.3% 52
Birmingham, AL 36 28.6% 9.1% 64
Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA 37 27.8% 11.6% 84
San Diego, CA 38 27.4% 7.4% 35
Syracuse, NY 39 27.2% 8.3% 51
Cleveland, OH 40 26.9% 7.3% 32
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA/NJ 41 26.8% 7.3% 33
Honolulu, HI 42 26.7% 2.5% 1
Akron, OH 43 26.7% 5.5% 9
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood-Pompano Beach, FL 44 26.7% 6.0% 15
Grand Rapids, MI 45 26.6% 7.5% 38
Little Rock--North Little Rock, AR 46 26.6% 7.5% 36
Knoxville, TN 47 26.5% 4.5% 5
Dallas-Fort Worth, TX 48 26.2% 13.3% 91
Providence-Fall River-Pawtucket, MA/RI 49 26.0% 8.3% 53
Memphis, TN/AR/MS 50 25.9% 8.7% 57
Louisville, KY/IN 51 25.5% 7.5% 39
Boise City, ID 52 25.0% 7.6% 42
Tulsa, OK 53 24.8% 10.5% 78
Baton Rouge, LA 54 24.7% 10.7% 80
Greensboro-Winston Salem-High Point, NC 55 24.6% 12.8% 89
Detroit, MI 56 24.3% 8.0% 48
Columbia, SC 57 24.3% 6.5% 20
Miami-Hialeah, FL 58 24.1% 9.6% 72
Harrisburg-Lebanon--Carlisle, PA 59 24.0% 7.8% 46
Houston-Brazoria, TX 60 23.9% 15.0% 95
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 61 23.9% 8.7% 56
Oklahoma City, OK 62 23.8% 11.9% 87
New Orleans, LA 63 23.8% 10.0% 76
Albuquerque, NM 64 23.5% 9.7% 73
Provo-Orem, UT 65 23.3% 5.7% 10
Phoenix, AZ 66 23.1% 8.9% 63
San Antonio, TX 67 23.0% 9.2% 66
Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson SC 68 22.9% 9.9% 75
Mobile, AL 69 22.8% 7.5% 40
Scranton-Wilkes-Barre, PA 70 22.8% 6.7% 23
Jacksonville, FL 71 22.6% 8.6% 54
Toledo, OH/MI 72 22.5% 6.1% 17
Orlando, FL 73 22.4% 8.7% 58
Wichita, KS 74 22.2% 10.7% 79
Norfolk-VA Beach--Newport News, VA 75 22.1% 5.4% 8
Springfield-Holyoke-Chicopee, MA 76 21.4% 9.4% 70
Salt Lake City-Ogden, UT 77 21.4% 7.3% 31
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, FL 78 21.3% 13.4% 92
Colorado Springs, CO 79 21.3% 5.9% 14
Sacramento, CA 80 21.2% 6.7% 22
Dayton-Springfield, OH 81 20.8% 8.6% 55
Tucson, AZ 82 20.7% 9.2% 67
Lancaster, PA 83 20.4% 14.0% 94
Augusta-Aiken, GA-SC 84 19.5% 9.1% 65
Youngstown-Warren, OH-PA 85 19.4% 4.4% 4
Daytona Beach, FL 86 19.3% 9.2% 68
Ventura-Oxnard-Simi Valley, CA 87 19.1% 15.5% 97
Las Vegas, NV 88 17.6% 11.7% 85
Fort Myers-Cape Coral, FL 89 17.6% 12.8% 90
Melbourne-Titusville-Cocoa-Palm Bay, FL 90 17.3% 8.2% 50
El Paso, TX 91 17.2% 8.1% 49
Tacoma, WA 92 16.7% 6.9% 28
Stockton, CA 93 16.0% 13.6% 93
McAllen-Edinburg-Pharr-Mission, TX 94 16.0% 18.5% 100
Lakeland-Winterhaven, FL 95 15.6% 16.7% 98
Sarasota, FL 96 14.6% 11.9% 88
Modesto, CA 97 13.5% 11.0% 82
Riverside-San Bernardino,CA 98 13.2% 10.9% 81
Fresno, CA 99 12.8% 17.2% 99
Bakersfield, CA 100 12.2% 15.2% 96
Note: Yellow indicates Fourth District MSAs 
Source: Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS), 1- year estimates, 2011.