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

The census gathered data on people who are over 25 years old and have obtained at least a bachelor’s degree. In the Boulder area, this is an estimated 63.2% 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 area.

Unsurprisingly, the area is home to the University of Colorado Boulder, the largest university in the state by enrollment.

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

The following are the top 10 areas with the highest percentage of people 25 and older with a bachelor’s degree or higher:

  1. Boulder metropolitan 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, California metro area – 55.8% (tie)
  5. Corvallis, Oregon metro area – 55.8% (tie)
  6. Washington, D.C-Arlington-Alexandria metroarea – 54.5%
  7. San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley, California metro area – 53.6%
  8. Fort Collins metro area – 52.9%
  9. Burlington-South Burlington, Vermont metro area – 52.8%
  10. Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown, Texas metro area – 52.1%

The Denver metropolitan area came in at No. 20 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 the states, with Massachusetts coming in at No. 1 with 46.6%.


Samantha Jarpe

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