Ann Arbor was rated the country's smartest city by the economic web site WalletHub, well ahead of East Lansing and Columbus.

Go Blue with your high IQ!!

And where was Grand Rapids in the ratings? We did very well...for us...

The home of the University of Michigan earned a total score of 95.09 in the study, well ahead of second place Washington DC, which had a rating of 78.43.

To identify the most and least educated cities in America, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 150 most populated U.S. metropolitan statistical areas, or MSAs, across two key dimensions, including “Educational Attainment” and “Quality of Education & Attainment Gap.”


We evaluated those dimensions using nine relevant metrics, which are listed below with their corresponding weights. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the highest educational attainment and quality of education.


Finally, we determined each metro area’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate its total score and used the resulting scores to rank-order the metro areas in our sample.

The top five 'most educated cities' were rounded out by San Jose CA (Silicon Valley), Chapel Hill NC and Madison WI.

Other Michigan cities scoring in the top 100 were Lansing/East Lansing at 14th, Grand Rapids at 73rd, and the Detroit metro at 78th.

Alas, Columbus OH, home of Ohio State, came in a lackluster 34th.

The Ann Arbor, MI, metro area has the highest share of bachelor’s degree holders aged 25 and older, 52.7 percent, which is 3.8 times higher than in Visalia-Porterville, CA, the metro area with the lowest at 13.8 percent.

So with all those smarts, can someone in Ann Arbor explain why THIS GUY didn't get any of them?


Most Educated CitiesLeast Educated Cities
1Ann Arbor, MI141Beaumont, TX
2Washington, DC142Lafayette, LA
3San Jose, CA143Hickory, NC
4Durham, NC144Salinas, CA
5Madison, WI145Fresno, CA
6Boston, MA146Modesto, CA
7Provo, UT147Bakersfield, CA
8San Francisco, CA148Visalia, CA
9Austin, TX149Brownsville, TX
10Tallahassee, FL


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