The financial website compared the 150 largest U.S. metros across 11 metrics, including the share of adults with a high school, college or graduate degree, and average quality of public schools and universities. The data researchers examined ranged from adults 25 and older with a bachelor's degree or higher, as well as the racial education gap and the quality of public schools.
These are the California cities that made the top 15:
- Visalia (#1)
- Bakersfield (#4)
- Modesto (#5)
- Stockton (#6)
- Salinas (#10)
- Fresno (#11)
- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario (#14)
On the opposite end, Ann Arbor, Michigan was named the most educated city in America.
Two Bay Area metro regions ranked among the top 5.
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San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara was named #2 and San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley ranked #4.
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