People in the St. Louis area must have spent some time hitting the books last year, as we are rated as being a tad smarter than we were the year before.
When it comes to the most-educated U.S. metropolitan areas, our mighty metro comes in at No. 45 out of the largest 150, according to personal-finance website WalletHub.
That’s a few slots better than last year’s No. 48 ranking in 2021, and a sign that we may have halted a short slide in grades. (We were No. 37 in 2019 and No. 42 in 2020.)
The criteria used for the rankings broke down into two categories:
In “educational attainment,” STL was ranked high, No. 35 overall. This category looked at the percentage of residents, 25 years or older, who had earned high-school diplomas and college degrees.
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But in the area of “quality of education and attainment gap,” we registered only at No. 137 out of 150.
That category took into account factors such as: quality of public schools and universities; share of students enrolled in universities; summer learning opportunities; and both the racial and gender education gaps.
Two of our major-metro neighbors finished higher: Chicago (31) and Kansas City (40). Sitting farther back in class were Nashville, Tennessee (48); Cincinnati (56); Indianapolis (67); Louisville, Kentucky (94); and Memphis, Tennessee (104).
The most-educated U.S. metro was Ann Arbor, Michigan; the least, Visalia-Porterville, California.