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The Ten U.S. Metro Areas With Most Educated Young People (SLIDESHOW)

The Huffington Post  |  Posted: Updated: 05/10/2012 7:57 am

The Ten Most Educated Us Metro Areas

For thousands of college students, graduation is just around the corner. But where will they go once they graduate?

According to 2010 U.S. census data, the Boston metro area leads the United States in the number of young people with college degrees.

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Analysis by the Business Journals "On Numbers" blog gauged education levels in major U.S. metro areas by tabulating the number of people in the 18 to 34 age category who have bachelor's degrees. Metro areas were ranked by the percentage of the population in that demographic that hold college level-degrees or higher.

In Boston, that number is more than 39 percent, or about two-fifths of young people.

Washington, D.C., the San Francisco Bay Area, San Jose, Calif., and Madison, Wis., rounded out the top five. Perhaps not surprisingly, there is some overlap with a Fiscal Times list of the ten best cities for young people to find jobs, and with CNBC's top ten cities for young people, which looked at unemployment rates, cost of living and other factors.

On Numbers reported that "three Sunbelt markets where less than one-tenth of all young adults are college-educated" were among the least-educated metro areas in the country, with Stockton, Calif., and Lakeland, Fla., reporting the lowest percentages of all.

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  • 10. Des Moines, IA

    In the Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA metro area, 30.80 percent of the population aged 18 to 34 have a bachelor's degree or higher. (Wikimedia Commons)

  • 9. Raleigh, NC

    In the Raleigh-Cary, NC metro area, 30.84 percent of the population aged 18 to 34 have a bachelor's degree or higher. (Wikimedia Commons)

  • 8. Norwalk, CT

    In the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT metro area, 31.55 percent of the population aged 18 to 34 have a bachelor's degree or higher. (Wikimedia Commons)

  • 7. Minneapolis-St. Paul

    In the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI metro area, 32.22 percent of the population aged 18 to 34 have a bachelor's degree or higher. (Wikimedia Commons)

  • 6. New York

    In the New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA metro area, 33.12 percent of the population aged 18 to 34 have a bachelor's degree or higher. (Wikimedia Commons)

  • 5. Madison, WI

    In the Madison, WI metro area, 34.81 percent of the population aged 18 to 34 have a bachelor's degree or higher. (Wikimedia Commons)

  • 4. San Jose

    In the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA metro area, 35.22 percent of the population aged 18 to 34 have a bachelor's degree or higher. (Wikimedia Commons)

  • 3. San Francisco

    In the San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA metro area, 35.59 percent of the population aged 18 to 34 have a bachelor's degree or higher. (Wikimedia Commons)

  • 2. Washington

    In the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV metro area, 37.22 percent of the population aged 18 to 34 have a bachelor's degree or higher. (Wikimedia Commons)

  • 1. Boston

    In the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH metro area, 39.16 percent of the population aged 18 to 34 have a bachelor's degree or higher. (Wikimedia Commons)

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