Urban cores now among most educated parts of metropolitan areas, says Cleveland Fed researcher

Over the last 10 years, areas in or near the central business districts of major metropolitan areas have increasingly become home to individuals with college degrees. Today, educational attainment rates in urban cores are, on average, nearly identical to those in neighborhoods far away from the core, according to Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland researcher Kyle Fee.

Fee looked at how college graduates are spatially distributed (often referred to as the BA attainment rate) within the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S.

Ranking high in BA attainment rates near their cores are technology-oriented areas like Portland, Seattle, and San Francisco and very densely populated areas like Chicago and New York.

Within the Fourth District, Fee notes that Pittsburgh’s BA attainment rate in the urban core was among the top 20 in the nation; Cleveland ranked among the bottom 10.

BA attainment rates in the urban core for the 100 largest MSAs are listed here

Read Population Distribution and Educational Attainment within MSAs, 1980‒2010.