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The most and least educated cities in the US

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U.S. cities with the highest percentage of educated residents tend to have healthier economies, according to a study by WalletHub.

The report looked at the 150 largest metropolitan areas and analyzed which cities have the most and least educated residents.

Ann Arbor, MI tops the list with the highest percentage of people with a bachelor's degree, followed by Washington, D.C. and San Jose, CA while Visalia, CA comes in at the bottom of the list with the lowest percentage of degree holders.

Researchers also identified which cities provide the most access to higher education for women and minorities, with Vallejo, CA boasting the smallest gender education gap and Ventura, CA the smallest racial education gap.

Naples, FL rounds out the bottom of the list for gender equality, while Madison, WI has the lowest instance of racial equality in education.

The experts who conducted the study concluded that more federal funding is needed to lower the cost of higher education, promote equal access to colleges and universities, and invest in a more educated workforce across the economic spectrum.

Researchers noted that those cities with the most educated individuals also have healthier local economies.

President Trump's proposed education budget cuts would increase the disparity between the most and least educated individuals, according to the authors of the study.

This applies to both cities that currently excel in education and those that fall short. The proposed cuts, which would target student loans, after school programs, and other student resources, would mostly affect those without the financial ability to find alternatives.

Their counterparts at the top of the socioeconomic scale, meanwhile, are less dependent on federal funding and more likely to find substitutions when cuts are made, excluding poorer students and widening the education gap.

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