MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A new survey ranks Minneapolis-St. Paul near the top of the list of the nation’s most populous metro areas for college degree attainment among young adults.

According to the study performed by the Lumina Foundation, the Twin Cities were ranked fourth out of the 25 biggest metro areas in terms of what percentage of inhabitants between the ages of 25 and 34 had attained at least an associate’s degree.

The only metropolitan areas that ranked higher were Washington, Boston, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Only those three areas plus the Twin Cities claimed college attainment rates above 50 percent.

The cities that fared the worst among the nation’s most populous were Riverside-San Bernardino (which, for the sake of this survey, was not incorporated with the Los Angeles metro area), San Antonio and Houston.

The results were pulled from the most recent Census figures, according to the foundation. The report said that the Twin Cities’ rates had improved since the last time they performed the study.


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