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A handful of US counties can now claim that a majority of their residents hold college degrees -- and many are adjacent to the nation's capital.
A handful of US counties or independent municipalities with populations of 100,000 or more can now claim that a majority of their residents hold college degrees. The national average for attainment of a four-year college degree now stands at 27.5% of all adults, up from eight percent in 1960.
Five of the counties and municipalities with majorities who are college graduates are in the Washington, DC area. Great school systems and universities in these areas? Perhaps, but more likely is the high concentration of government agencies, contractors, consultants, associations, and independent think tanks that make the Washington region a big draw for college-trained professionals.
The counties where a majority of residents have college degrees include the following:
- Arlington VA 68.8%
- Fairfax County, VA 58.45%
- Howard County, MD 57.18%
- Boulder, CO 56.64%
- Loudoun County, VA 56.47%
- Montgomery County, MD 56.14%
- Marin County, CA 53.87%
- Douglas, CO 53.53%
- San Francisco, CA 51.12%
- Johnson, IA 50.82%
- Williamson, TN 50.22%
- Washtenaw, MI 50.17%
Jan 28, 2011
When making a statement like that please keep in mind that 40 percent of all the money spent in WAR FUNDING bills had nothing to do with the war. It was all earmarks allowed to keep people happy with the war. A small example is the $200 million that went to build the Murtha airport in PA. A major boondoggle built in the middle of nowhere that in 2009 saw less than 400 passengers the entire year, yet is designed to handle thousands a day. If Democrats like Murtha were really opposed to the war, as he often displayed by calling our troops baby killers, they would have done more to end the war. But then again that would have shutoff their cash flow.
Makes one wonder where any Texas county is. Maybe higher education in Texas is really all about sports and that's where our tax dollars go.
@WhatsamattaU You make assumptions that I believe in the current GOPs philosophies to make rebuttals such as yours, however I disagreed with most all of Bush's policies. I do however see that with the current administrations results, they certainly would rather place blame elsewhere. As for your regards to my education which you know nothing of I have done very well for myself, educated in nuclear electronics in the U.S. Navy. As for your education, only speak well of the liberals when and if they improve the current employment trends. Good day !
partman1969...you're way off the mark. how much money did george bush steal/waste pursuing that moronic war in iraq? how much went into the pockets of ultra conservative defense contractors? those people live in the DC are also. they are also well educated. they don't care about you, they care about themselves. they don't care about you because your lack of education prevents you from seeing how easily you're used to further their ends.
Get educated, become ultra liberal, steal money from taxpayer and blame George Bush for everything. Great way to use that education. I bet most are lawyers.
Did anyone else notice that most of these counties have the lowest unemployment rates in the country? Some are below 5 percent. Is it also a coincidence that not only did these counties miss the recession, but many of the residents in these counties got double digit pay raises from the uncle they work for?
It's a good thing too - imagine the shape our government would be in without all those geniuses. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_PxZyE6Jgabo/TUVdhe-KwoI/AAAAAAAArRE/vVezUmwf8rQ/s1600/theo3.gif