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Raleigh-Cary Ranks Fifth Among Most Educated U.S. Metros

Raleigh-Cary Ranks as the Fifth Most Educated MetroThe Triangle is a higher education hub made up of leading universities and colleges like Duke, N.C. State and UNC-Chapel Hill. Many of our area institutions have gained recognition as some of the very best in the nation drawing people from all over the world in search of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees.

In fact, a recent report released by research firm Headlight Data ranked the Raleigh-Cary metro as the fifth most educated large metro in the U.S. based on bachelor’s degree holders. Leading us to determine that while our prospering academic landscape may draw students in, it’s our vast career opportunities, unique city climates and amenities that solidify their stay.

The Triangle Business Journal highlighted the Headlight Data report and shared the following data: “Nationwide, 30.1 percent of adults have bachelor’s degrees or higher. In Raleigh-Cary, 43.4 percent of adults have at least bachelor’s degrees.”

Other large metros that demonstrated high percentages of adults holding a bachelor’s degree included:

  1. Washington, D.C., 49.3 percent
  2. San Jose, Calif., 47.5 percent
  3. San Francisco, Calif., 45.9 percent
  4. Boston, Mass., 45.2 percent
  5. Raleigh-Cary, 43.4 percent
  6. Austin, Tex., 41.5 percent
  7. Denver, Colo., 40.8 percent
  8. Minneapolis, Minn., 40 percent
  9. Seattle, Wash., 39.4 percent
  10. New York, N.Y., 37.9 percent

Noteworthy in this report is our Triangle cities’ ranking among other large, nationally recognized technology and STEM hubs throughout the country; a nod to the tremendous growth and vast career opportunities available in the Research Triangle Park and our city centers.

Click here to read the full Headlight Data research report entitled, Top Large Metros for Bachelor’s Degree Holders are Washington-DC, San Jose-CA, San Francisco-CA; Most Improved are Grand Rapids-MI, San Jose-CA, Pittsburgh-PA.

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