Congratulations brainiacs! Step aside all you east coast intellects, and move over Silicon Valley Einsteins, because five of the smartest cities in the country are right here in Michigan.

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The home of the Big House, Ann Arbor, has been named the most well-educated city in America, according to a study done by WalletHub. The home of the University of Michigan claimed the top spot for the 5th year in a row. Ann Arbor secured the bragging rights for checking off a few important boxes:


  • Ann Arbor has the highest percentage of high school diploma holders
  • It has the highest percentage of associate's degree holders or college-experienced adults
  • It has the highest percentage of bachelor's degree holders
  • It has the highest percentage of graduate or professional degree holders
  • It has the 5th highest average university quality

Not to be outdone, another college town, East Lansing/ Lansing, found itself coming in at 29th on the study. Keeping with the college town vibe both Grand Rapids-Kentwood, home of Grand Valley State University, and Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, home of Wayne State and Detroit Mercy, claimed their spots at 70th & 78th respectively.

Flint Makes the List

Not always one for making news for the positive, Flint finally has it's day in the sun this year making the list for "Most Educated Cities in America". WalletHub compared the 150 largest metropolitan statistical areas to compile their list, and Flint is standing proud at 123rd. Often overlooked, much like Detroit, Flint offers up Kettering, U of M Flint, and MSU College of Human Medicine as part of their ever growing revitalization.

Congratulations to all the cities making Michiganders feeling even smarter! You can view the entire list of "Most Educated Cities in America" here. 


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