Best Educated Cities in America

Forbes is reporting that WalletHub has come out with its list of the 10 Most and Least Educated Cities in America, and NC's RTP has something to crow about:

Raleigh, North Carolina, comes in second, with neighbor Durham, North Carolina right behind it in third place. Provo, Utah, and Manchester, New Hampshire, round out the top five.

How long we will remain on the good end of this list could be problematic with all the cuts being made to our education systems and pressure to turn our university system into something less than world class. WalletHub reports:

it’s official; the college-educated third of Americans are society’s new upper crust. Research has shown that skilled workers who are also degree holders tend to pump the most money into their local economies over time. A city’s prosperity, one then can assume, depends in large part on the productivity of its educated citizens.

However expensive college may be in 2014, its economic returns “remain high and provide a pathway for individual economic mobility,” according to a recent report from the Treasury and Education departments. The latter further pointed out that education “expands job opportunities” and “boosts America’s competitiveness” in the global arena.

A little more than a year ago, the Economic Policy Institute also released its report on the effects of education on state finances. The EPI’s findings suggested that college degrees are supremely important in helping to resuscitate weak economies. One way to strengthen states is to attract well-paying employers “by investing in education and increasing the number of well-educated workers.”

By the way, it still appears that South Carolina is not our competition.

The top ten are:

1. Ann Arbor, Michigan
2. Raleigh, North Carolina
3. Durham, North Carolina
4. Provo, Utah
5. Manchester, New Hampshire
6. Seattle, Washington
7. San Jose, California
8. Colorado Springs, Colorado
9. Baltimore, Maryland
10. Boston, Massachusetts



Many conservative friends

I saw many conservative friends bragging about the triangle being on this list as if it's this current legislature that got us there, rather than something that took many years of hard work. I don't discount the great minds and institutions on the right and left and everywhere else that contribute to why the triangle area does so well across many metrics, but I think the philosophies and policies adopted by Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill's city councils, you know, the cities that are winning these kinds of awards, are pretty foreign to the ones recently implemented by our legislature. With motorcycle safety abortion bills, denying healthcare, gay bashing bills, and cuts to university funding, how long can we remain as an attractive place for the best and brightest?