Attainment Rates for the Nation's
20 Most Populated Metro Areas

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Metro Areas

PERCENTAGE OF ADULTS (25-64) WITH AT LEAST AN ASSOCIATE DEGREE, BY METROPOLITAN AREA

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Rank Area Name Attainment Rate Population
1New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA Metro Area45.8818,897,109
2Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA Metro Area38.9612,828,837
3Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI Metro Area43.599,461,105
4Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metro Area38.666,371,773
5Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area42.655,965,343
6Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX Metro Area35.255,946,800
7Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metro Area54.375,582,170
8Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL Metro Area39.655,564,635
9Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA Metro Area43.395,268,860
10Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH Metro Area54.014,552,402
11San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA Metro Area52.914,335,391
12Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI Metro Area37.864,296,250
13Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA Metro Area27.544,224,851
14Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ Metro Area37.34,192,887
15Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area47.973,439,809
16Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI Metro Area50.063,279,833
17San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA Metro Area43.953,095,313
18St. Louis, MO-IL Metro Area41.152,812,896
19Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL Metro Area37.562,783,243
20Baltimore-Towson, MD Metro Area43.92,710,489
21Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO Metro Area47.392,543,482
22San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo, PR Metro Area36.922,478,905
23Pittsburgh, PA Metro Area43.562,356,285
24Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area43.822,226,009
25Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA Metro Area40.652,149,127
26San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX Metro Area33.882,142,508
27Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL Metro Area39.552,134,411
28Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN Metro Area39.372,130,151
29Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH Metro Area38.652,077,240
30Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area42.522,035,334
31Las Vegas-Paradise, NV Metro Area29.671,951,269
32San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA Metro Area54.081,836,911
33Columbus, OH Metro Area42.831,836,536
34Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC Metro Area43.161,758,038
35Indianapolis-Carmel, IN Metro Area411,756,241
36Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX Metro Area46.971,716,289
37Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC Metro Area38.21,671,683
38Providence-New Bedford-Fall River, RI-MA Metro Area40.281,600,852
39Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area39.061,589,934
40Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI Metro Area42.091,555,908
41Jacksonville, FL Metro Area36.51,345,596
42Memphis, TN-MS-AR Metro Area33.281,316,100
43Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN Metro Area34.851,283,566
44Richmond, VA Metro Area39.611,258,251
45Oklahoma City, OK Metro Area35.191,252,987
46Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT Metro Area46.281,212,381
47New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA Metro Area33.71,167,764
48Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY Metro Area44.141,135,509
49Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area52.721,130,490
50Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area36.921,128,047
51Salt Lake City, UT Metro Area39.641,124,197
52Rochester, NY Metro Area46.91,054,323
53Tucson, AZ Metro Area37.77980,263
54Honolulu, HI Metro Area44.5953,207
55Tulsa, OK Metro Area35.55937,478
56Fresno, CA Metro Area28.71930,450
57Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT Metro Area53.29916,829
58Albuquerque, NM Metro Area37.68887,077
59Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY Metro Area48.94870,716
60Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA Metro Area43.82865,350
61New Haven-Milford, CT Metro Area42.99862,477
62Dayton, OH Metro Area36.67841,502
63Bakersfield-Delano, CA Metro Area21.33839,631
64Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA Metro Area40.11823,318
65Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ Metro Area38.76821,173
66Baton Rouge, LA Metro Area31.65802,484
67El Paso, TX Metro Area28.05800,647
68Worcester, MA Metro Area46.32798,552
69McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX Metro Area20.78774,769
70Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI Metro Area37.62774,160
71Columbia, SC Metro Area40.59767,598
72Greensboro-High Point, NC Metro Area35.3723,801
73Akron, OH Metro Area39.93703,200
74North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, FL Metro Area36.47702,281
75Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR Metro Area35.18699,757
76Knoxville, TN Metro Area38.86698,030
77Springfield, MA Metro Area41.17692,942
78Stockton, CA Metro Area26.11685,306
79Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY Metro Area42.77670,301
80Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC Metro Area40.75664,607
81Syracuse, NY Metro Area43.53662,577
82Toledo, OH Metro Area34.82651,429
83Colorado Springs, CO Metro Area46.38645,613
84Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, SC Metro Area38.58636,986
85Wichita, KS Metro Area36.58623,061
86Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL Metro Area32.46618,754
87Boise City-Nampa, ID Metro Area37.85616,561
88Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL Metro Area27.57602,095
89Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA Metro Area46.86569,633
90Madison, WI Metro Area53.74568,593
91Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA Metro Area28.71565,773
92Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, PA Metro Area34.5563,631
93Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC Metro Area32.58556,877
94Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA Metro Area39.68549,475
95Ogden-Clearfield, UT Metro Area40.09547,184
96Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL Metro Area39.37543,376
97Jackson, MS Metro Area38.78539,057
98Chattanooga, TN-GA Metro Area32.34528,143
99Provo-Orem, UT Metro Area46.97526,810
100Lancaster, PA Metro Area32.21519,445

Note: This chart lists Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs). The term MSA refers to a large population nucleus, together with adjacent communities having a high degree of social and economic integration with that core. MSAs comprise one or more entire counties, except in New England, where cities and towns are the basic geographic units. The federal Office of Management and Budget define MSAs for purposes of collecting, tabulating and publishing federal data. These definitions result from applying published standards to Census Bureau data.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 American Community Survey

◼ THE QUICK BREAKDOWN

Highest Attainment Rate

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metro Area:
54.37%

Lowest Attainment Rate

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX Metro Area:
20.78%

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