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America's Least-Educated Cities Quiz

Name the American cities where the lowest percentage of adults have bachelor's degrees.
Includes cities with a population above 250,000
Quiz by geoPunk
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Last updated: May 31, 2013
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City
11.7
Santa Ana
12.2
Detroit
12.5
Newark
13.8
Cleveland
17.1
Stockton
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City
17.3
Toledo
19.8
Bakersfield
20.1
Fresno
21.2
Corpus Christi
21.3
Milwaukee
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City
21.5
Las Vegas
21.9
El Paso
21.9
Riverside
22.4
Miami
22.5
Buffalo
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City
22.6
Philadelphia
23.1
Memphis
23.4
Anaheim
23.5
Mesa
23.9
San Antonio
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level 77
Jun 6, 2013
Southern Cal, Texas, Florida, the SouthWest: lots of recent unskilled immigrants looking for work.

Ohio, Pennsylvania, Detroit, the northern midwest: lots of unemployed people that used to have good jobs in manufacturing or other industries where college degrees weren't necessary.

Las Vegas: gangsters, gamblers, prostitutes and bums? Not a lot of need for education in this town, either.

Newark, Buffalo and Memphis: I dunno... I'm stumped on those. Though I did guess Buffalo.
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level 32
Jun 12, 2013
Some of them are also murder capitals, like Detroit, Philly or Newark, others are not... don't know what this quiz can tell one behind the stats...
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level 77
Jun 12, 2013
high unemployment, crime, poverty, low education can all be correlated.
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level 32
Jun 12, 2013
Can... but not always
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level 61
Jun 12, 2013
Buffalo is culturally very Midwestern (and pretty geographically too, if you notice how far west it is in New York), and would fall into the category of cities that rely on factories to sustain the economy. Newark is a total dump. It is consistently ranked among the top five most dangerous cities in America. Its proximity to NYC and very low cost of living make it a haven for thugs and undesirables. That's also why it has so many people. It's a city in terms of population only. There is nothing else in Newark but a lot of bad news, and certainly no industry. Memphis...eh.
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level 77
Jun 16, 2013
makes sense
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level 77
Feb 10, 2014
Well... I said "northern midwest"... the area of the country commonly referred to as the "Rust Belt." The proper midwest is farther south and centered a bit farther west and is more often known as the farm belt. Different but interrelated places...
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level 3
Jun 16, 2013
las vegas isn't filled with those kind of people, it's just downtown. southern las vegas is safer and there is almost no gang activity. I grew up there, and the only violent activity around my area was a shooting and my neighbor's playstation got stolen
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level 77
Jul 16, 2013
but are there any industries there that attract people with degrees to come work? I think it's safe to say that the biggest industry of Las Vegas by far is tourism- which is built around the gambling, prostitution, and shows, which were all brought in originally by gangsters. Most of the jobs there are in hotels and restaurants etc- service jobs that do not require a degree. Right? Not trying to disparage any of the many people who now live in Las Vegas and who have nothing to do with any of the seedy stuff that gave birth to the place. but it is what it is. Also, gangsters doesn't necessarily mean violence. The mafia built the first casinos there. and gambling in the city is legal so... no need for shoot-outs with cops or anything like that. And no violent turf wars since it's bad for business in this case.
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level 55
Nov 19, 2016
Newark has a huge immigrant community of non qualified Europeans
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level 38
Jun 12, 2013
I guesses Jersey City, but not Newark. :P
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level 31
Jun 12, 2013
What a crappy quiz. It's more like "name every city you can think of and pray it's on the list".
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level 77
Jun 16, 2013
Not really at all. Look at the comments above from myself and jmellor and you'll see there is a method to guessing the right answers. The rust belt, regions with lots of recent Hispanic immigrants, and Las Vegas. Only one that falls outside of these three categories is Memphis.
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level 18
Jun 25, 2013
this proves that people in the south-east are not stupid. (I'm from NC)
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level 77
Jul 16, 2013
There are some good schools and a lot of educated people in North Carolina. Just look how close they came to voting for their interests twice in the last 9 years. More than can be said for any other state in the South except Virginia (which also has a lot of great schools).
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level 80
Sep 25, 2014
So kalbahamut, you know what the interests of people in NC are? Better than they themselves know it?

And I think that we should all take care to not equate "lots of people with a degree" with "wisdom" or that those with higher education are always the best arbiters of what is "best" for everyone. Many of the wisest and best people I have ever known are not college graduates.

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level 77
Aug 30, 2016
Anyone who is well-educated, well-informed, and actually paying attention would know more about the political best interests of the average person than they themselves know. I'm not special in this regard.

I agree with your second point. Though even if one thing doesn't equal the other, there is a correlation.
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level 23
Jul 15, 2013
I only got Newark, Miami, and Las Vegas. :P
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level 39
Dec 7, 2013
i'm not racist but i put cities where i knew there were more black people
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level 77
Feb 10, 2014
That wouldn't have gotten you very many right answers.
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level 70
May 31, 2015
I didn't enjoy this quiz. I felt like I was just typing cities. And after looking at the answers, I don't see any particular pattern. 250,000 is a pretty low barrier for U.S. cities . . . Riverside, Stockton, Fresno, Bakersfield, Anaheim, Santa Ana . . . there are so many cities in California, unknown to most folks. I lived for a few years in CA so I know where they are.