published on July 25, 2016 - 9:00 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

The Fresno metropolitan area is one of the least educated areas in the nation according to a recent study conducted by analysts from WalletHub, a personal finance website.

WalletHub compared the 150 largest U.S. metropolitan statistical areas across nine key metrics. The goal of the analysis was to determine where the most educated Americans are choosing to settle.

Among the 150 areas examined, the Fresno metropolitan area ranked 145th for percentage of residents 25 and older with a high school diploma, 138th for percentage of residents 25 and older with a bachelor’s degree, 130th for percentage of residents 25 or older with an associate’s degree or some college and 139th for percentage of residents 25 or older with a graduate or professional degree. The area’s public school system was ranked 110th.

While most of the specific rankings show the Fresno area below average, the area did receive average rankings for quality of universities (75th) and the number of enrolled students in top 200 universities per capita (75th). The area also had high marks for addressing the gender gap in educational attainment, ranking 18th in the nation.

Though the Fresno area’s overall ranking is 145th, making it the 6th least educated metropolitan area in the nation, Fresno still ranks slightly higher than neighbors Modesto (146th), Bakersfield (147th) and Visalia-Porterville (148th).

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