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Wallet Hub study finds Bakersfield is 4th least educated city in America

Posted at 8:33 AM, Jul 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-22 12:47:07-04

A new study just released Monday morning shows that Bakersfield is the 4th least educated city in America.

According to Wallet Hub, of 150 cities nationwide that were studied and surveyed, Bakersfield was 147th.

The study looked at a handful of criteria in determining its rankings.

It looked at percent of high school diploma holders; percent of bachelor's degree holders; percent of associate's degree holders or college-experienced adults; percent of graduate or professional degree holders; quality of public-school system; average quality of universities; enrolled students in Top 951 universities per capita; and gender education gap.

With the exception of qualify of public-school system (54th) and gender education gap (21st) Bakersfield ranked 130th or worse in each category. Bakersfield was in the bottom 10 for percentage of high school (146th), bachelor's (149th), associate degree (147th) and graduate or professional degree holders (146th).

Bakersfield wasn't the only Central Valley city to crack the bottom 10.

Fresno was 141st, Stockton-Lodi was 144th, Modesto was 146th, and Visalia-Porterville was last at 150th.

Ann Arbor, Michigan was No. 1 on the list.

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara was the highest on the list from California. That area was No. 2.