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Boulder metro area is the most educated in the country, Census data shows

DENVER (KDVR) — The Boulder metro area has the highest percentage of people with a bachelor’s degree or higher in the United States, according to U.S. Census data.

The census collected data on people over the age of 25 and who had obtained at least a bachelor’s degree. In the Boulder area, that’s about 63.2 percent of the population.

The area includes the city of Boulder itself, as well as surrounding communities including Lafayette, Louisville and Longmont. An estimated 327,000 people live in the region.

Not surprisingly, the area is home to the University of Colorado Boulder, the state’s largest university by enrollment.

Fort Collins, home of Colorado State University, was also in the top 10, at No. 8, with 52.9% of the population having a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Here are the 10 areas where the percentage of people aged 25 and over with a bachelor’s degree or higher is the highest:

  1. Boulder Metro Area – 63.2%
  2. Ithica, New York Metropolitan Area – 60.4%
  3. Ann Arbor, Michigan Metro Area – 57.9%
  4. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara Metro Area, California – 55.8% (tie)
  5. Corvallis, Oregon metro area – 55.8% (tie)
  6. Washington, DC-Arlington-Alexandria Metropolitan Area – 54.5%
  7. San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley Metropolitan Area, California – 53.6%
  8. Fort Collins Metropolitan Area – 52.9%
  9. Burlington-South Burlington, Vermont Metro Area – 52.8%
  10. Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown Metro Area, Texas – 52.1%

The Denver metro area ranks 20th overall, with just under half – or 49.1% – of the population having a bachelor’s degree or higher.

An estimated 45.9% of people 25 and older in Colorado have obtained the same level of education.

This is the second highest rate among states, with Massachusetts ranking first at 46.6%.

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