Tulsa gets a low rank for education

Tulsa got a low ranking when it comes to WalletHub’s “2017’s Most and Least Educated Cities.”

Tulsa ranks at No. 92 overall (out of 150 cities studied). Tulsa is No. 101 in “educational attainment” and No. 41 in “quality of education.”

Studies show that individuals with bachelor’s degrees earn up to 33 percent more during their lifetime than those who don’t have college degrees. WalletHub’s analysts studied the share of adults aged 25 and older with a bachelor’s degree or higher to racial education gap to quality of the public school system.

In states where workers have the least schooling, for instance, the median wage is $15 an hour compared with $19 to $20 an hour in states where 40 percent or more of the working population hold a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Should cities target programs to attract highly educated people?

“They generally should not, with a couple of exceptions,” said Stephen G. Katsinas, professor at The University of Alabama. “First, if there is a critical community need, such as the need for rural medical doctors in a town of 17,000, like Dawson, Minnesota, or an inner city. Similarly, high-end engineering skills, or science and mathematics teachers. A preferred device that I see being used these days is student loan forgiveness.”

Key Stats

  • The Ann Arbor, Michigan, metro area has the highest share of bachelor’s degree holders aged 25 and older, 52.7 percent, which is 3.8 times higher than in Visalia-Porterville, California, the metro area with the lowest at 13.8 percent.
  • The Huntsville, Alabama, metro area has the highest public-school quality score, 9 out of 10, which is 4.5 times higher than in Springfield, Massachusetts; Trenton, New Jersey; and Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, Iowa-Illinois, the metro areas with the lowest at 2 out of 10.
  • The Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California, metro area has the highest racial education gap, with the share of black bachelor’s degree holders aged 25 and older at 24.54 percent, compared with 20.04 percent for their white counterparts, a difference of 4.5 percent favoring blacks. For comparison, the national average for blacks with the same attributes is 12.77 percent and 19.88 percent for their white counterparts.
  • The Vallejo-Fairfield, California, metro area has the highest gender education gap, with the share of female bachelor’s degree holders aged 25 and older at 19.22 percent, compared with 15.86 percent for their male counterparts, a difference of 3.36 percent favoring women.The national average for females with the same attributes is 18.68 percent and 18.35 percent for male counterparts.

Most Educated Cities      

  1. Ann Arbor, Michigan
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. San Jose, California
  4. Durham, North Carolina
  5. Madison, Wisconsin
  6. Boston, Massachusetts
  7. Provo, Utah
  8. San Francisco, California
  9. Austin, Texas
  10. Tallahassee, Florida

Least Educated Cities       

  1. Beaumont, Texas
  2. Lafayette, Louisiana
  3. Hickory, North Carolina
  4. Salinas, California
  5. Fresno, California
  6. Modesto, California
  7. Bakersfield, California
  8. Visalia, California
  9. Brownsville, Texas
  10. McAllen, Texas