Here Is The Most Educated Town In Every State In The U.S.


If you’re lucky, your hometown isn’t saturated with dudes who got really into grunge rock and selling drugs to middle schoolers out of their parents house. I know where I come from, there are one too many of those guys. They’re good if you want drugs, but not so good if you want companionship or a stimulating conversation.

My town isn’t the only one in America chock full of dudes who thought an education was for nerds and conformists. Many exist. But we’re not here to highlight them, we’re here to recognize the communities that collectively pursued a higher education. (Now I’m not saying everyone who is educated is smart, *raises hand,* but sometimes the attempt is noble enough).

The American Community Survey is an annual survey run by the Census Bureau that helps people get a better understanding of demographics. The ACS used estimates from 2013 to 2017 for places with at least 1,000-person populations to decipher the highest percentage of adults over 25 who have at least a bachelor’s degree for each state.

The folks at Business Insider constructed a visual representation of the ACS’s findings:

Business Insider/Andy Kiersz, data from US Census Bureau

Here they are in list form:

Alabama: Mountain Brook
Alaska: Chena Ridge
Arizona: Fort Valley
Arkansas: Cave Springs
California: Ladera
Colorado: Cherry Hills Village
Connecticut: Darien
Delaware: Greenville
Florida: Key Biscayne
Georgia: Druid Hills
Hawaii: Maunawili
Idaho: Hidden Springs
Illinois: Kenilworth
Indiana: Meridian Hills
Iowa: University Heights
Kansas: Mission Hills
Kentucky: Indian Hills
Louisiana: Oak Hills Place
Maine: Cumberland Center
Maryland: Chevy Chase
Massachusetts: Brookline
Michigan: Huntington Woods
Minnesota: North Oaks
Mississippi: Madison
Missouri: Ladue
Montana: Bozeman
Nebraska: Chadron
Nevada: Incline Village
New Hampshire: Hanover
New Jersey: Short Hills
New Mexico: San Antonito
New York: Scarsdale
North Carolina: Biltmore Forest
North Dakota: Horace
Ohio: The Village of Indian Hill
Oklahoma: Nichols Hills
Oregon: Bethany
Pennsylvania: Devon
Rhode Island: Kingston
South Carolina: Sullivan’s Island
South Dakota: Vermillion
Tennessee: Belle Meade
Texas: University Park
Utah: Emigration Canyon
Vermont: Woodstock
Virginia: Wolf Trap
Washington: Yarrow Point
West Virginia: Cheat Lake
Wisconsin: Shorewood Hills
Wyoming: Wilson

Congratulations if your town made the cut. I’ll remind myself not to go there to find a weed dealer.

[h/t Business Insider]

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Matt’s love of writing was born during a sixth grade assembly when it was announced that his essay titled “Why Drugs Are Bad” had taken first prize in D.A.R.E.’s grade-wide contest. The anti-drug people gave him a $50 savings bond for his brave contribution to crime-fighting, and upon the bond’s maturity 10 years later, he used it to buy his very first bag of marijuana.