Here's the most educated town in every state

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  • Educational achievement varies across the US.
  • Using data from the US Census Bureau, we found the town in every state with the biggest share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree.

Different places have different levels of educational achievement.

The American Community Survey is an annual survey run by the Census Bureau to allow the government, corporate and academic researchers, and anyone who is curious about demographics to better understand the US population. Among many other subjects, the ACS includes questions about respondents’ education levels.

Read more: All 50 states and Washington, DC, ranked from least to most average

Using the ACS estimates from 2013 to 2017 for places with an at least 1,000-person population, Business Insider made a map showing the town in each state with the highest percentage of adults over 25 who have at least a bachelor’s degree.

Some of the places were college and university campuses, and we excluded those from our analysis, instead focusing on incorporated towns and cities and unincorporated census-designated areas.

Several wealthy suburban and exurban enclaves appear on the list, like Scarsdale, New York, and Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Here’s a bit more about each of the towns, according to the American Community Survey results and their Wikipedia pages:


Mountain Brook, Alabama

Population: 20,438

Share of population over 25 years old with at least a bachelor’s degree: 85.4%

Mountain Brook is an affluent suburb of Birmingham.


Chena Ridge, Alaska

Population: 6,155

Share of population over 25 years old with at least a bachelor’s degree: 56.4%

Chena Ridge is a Census-designated place, and is located outside Fairbanks.


Fort Valley, Arizona

Population: 1,195

Share of population over 25 years old with at least a bachelor’s degree: 73.7%

Fort Valley is located just outside of Flagstaff.


Cave Springs, Arkansas

Population: 3,320

Share of population over 25 years old with at least a bachelor’s degree: 51.4%

Cave Springs is a small town in Benton County.


Ladera, California

Population: 1,553

Share of population over 25 years old with at least a bachelor’s degree: 93.6%

Ladera is a small residential community in San Mateo County.


Cherry Hills Village, Colorado

Population: 6,542

Share of population over 25 years old with at least a bachelor’s degree: 81.4%

Cherry Hills is an affluent town in Arapahoe County.


Darien, Connecticut

Population: 21,742

Share of population over 25 years old with at least a bachelor’s degree: 81.0%

Darien is a wealthy suburb located between Stamford and Norwalk.


Greenville, Delaware

The White House via Wikimedia CommonsVice President Joe Biden enters a voting booth at Tatnall School to vote in Delaware’s primary election, in Greenville, Delaware, September 14, 2010.

Population: 2,305

Share of population over 25 years old with at least a bachelor’s degree: 75.1%

Greenville is an affluent suburb of Philadelphia and Wilmington.


Key Biscayne, Florida

Population: 13,074

Share of population over 25 years old with at least a bachelor’s degree: 74.4%

Key Biscayne is an island outside Miami.


Druid Hills, Georgia

Population: 13,895

Share of population over 25 years old with at least a bachelor’s degree: 83.9%

Druid Hills is home to the main campus of Emory University.


Maunawili, Hawaii

Owen and Aki/FlickrMaunawili Falls in Oahu, Hawaii.

Population: 2,020

Share of population over 25 years old with at least a bachelor’s degree: 61.3%

Maunawili is a residential area near Honolulu.


Hidden Springs, Idaho

Population: 2,515

Share of population over 25 years old with at least a bachelor’s degree: 66.2%

Hidden Springs is a community in Ada County.


Kenilworth, Illinois

Population: 2,547

Share of population over 25 years old with at least a bachelor’s degree: 91.0%

Kenilworth is a suburban village north of Chicago.


Meridian Hills, Indiana

Population: 1,813

Share of population over 25 years old with at least a bachelor’s degree: 80.6%

Meridian Hills is a suburb of Indianapolis.


University Heights, Iowa

Population: 1,242

Share of population over 25 years old with at least a bachelor’s degree: 83.3%

University Heights is near the University of Iowa campus.


Mission Hills, Kansas

Population: 3,578

Share of population over 25 years old with at least a bachelor’s degree: 88.8%

Mission Hills is home to the Kansas City Country Club.


Indian Hills, Kentucky

Population: 2,958

Share of population over 25 years old with at least a bachelor’s degree: 84.5%

Indian Hills is an affluent suburb of Louisville, and is the hometown of actress Jennifer Lawrence.


Oak Hills Place, Louisiana

Population: 8,980

Share of population over 25 years old with at least a bachelor’s degree: 63.6%

Oak Hills Place is a wealthy suburb of Baton Rouge.


Cumberland Center, Maine

Population: 2,492

Share of population over 25 years old with at least a bachelor’s degree: 74.4%

Cumberland Center is a neighbourhood in Cumberland, Maine.


Chevy Chase, Maryland

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Population: 2,960

Share of population over 25 years old with at least a bachelor’s degree: 93.0%

Chevy Chase is an affluent suburb of Washington, DC.


Brookline, Massachusetts

Population: 59,246

Share of population over 25 years old with at least a bachelor’s degree: 83.0%

Brookline is part of the Greater Boston area, and several colleges are located in or near the town, including Newbury College and parts of Boston University.


Huntington Woods, Michigan

Population: 6,347

Share of population over 25 years old with at least a bachelor’s degree: 79.8%

Huntington Woods is a residential suburb of Detroit.


North Oaks, Minnesota

Population: 4,961

Share of population over 25 years old with at least a bachelor’s degree: 76.5%

North Oaks is a suburb of Saint Paul.


Madison, Mississippi

Population: 25,350

Share of population over 25 years old with at least a bachelor’s degree: 64.6%

Madison is a city in the Jackson metropolitan area.


Ladue, Missouri

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Population: 8,591

Share of population over 25 years old with at least a bachelor’s degree: 83.1%

Ladue is an affluent suburb of St. Louis.


Bozeman, Montana

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Population: 43,132

Share of population over 25 years old with at least a bachelor’s degree: 56.9%

Montana State University is located in Bozeman.


Chadron, Nebraska

Population: 5,704

Share of population over 25 years old with at least a bachelor’s degree: 42.9%

Chadron is home to Chadron State College.


Incline Village, Nevada

Population: 8,795

Share of population over 25 years old with at least a bachelor’s degree: 54.9%

Incline Village is a community on Lake Tahoe, and is home to Sierra Nevada College.


Hanover, New Hampshire

Jeffrey Bary/FlickrOne of several libraries at Dartmouth College.

Population: 8,495

Share of population over 25 years old with at least a bachelor’s degree: 81.7%

Hanover is home to Dartmouth College.


Short Hills, New Jersey

Population: 13,092

Share of population over 25 years old with at least a bachelor’s degree: 88.9%

Short Hills is an affluent suburban town in Essex County, near New York City.


San Antonito, New Mexico

Population: 1,141

Share of population over 25 years old with at least a bachelor’s degree: 77.1%

San Antonito is a small town in Bernalillo County.


Scarsdale, NY

Population: 17,856

Share of population over 25 years old with at least a bachelor’s degree: 89.0%

Scarsdale is an affluent suburb of New York City located in Westchester County.


Biltmore Forest, North Carolina

Population: 1,517

Share of population over 25 years old with at least a bachelor’s degree: 83.5%

Biltmore Forest is adjacent to the Biltmore Estate, a sprawling mansion and grounds built by the descendants of the 19th century railroad magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt.


Horace, North Dakota

Population: 2,603

Share of population over 25 years old with at least a bachelor’s degree: 43.1%

Horace is a suburb of Fargo, and the city is named after 19th century newspaper publisher Horace Greeley.


The Village of Indian Hill, Ohio

Population: 5,853

Share of population over 25 years old with at least a bachelor’s degree: 86.7%

Indian Hill is an affluent suburb of Cincinnati.


Nichols Hills, Oklahoma

Population: 3,866

Share of population over 25 years old with at least a bachelor’s degree: 80.6%

Nichols Hills is a wealthy suburb of Oklahoma City.


Bethany, Oregon

Population: 23,177

Share of population over 25 years old with at least a bachelor’s degree: 68.6%

Bethany is an unincorporated town outside Portland.


Devon, Pennsylvania

Population: 1,749

Share of population over 25 years old with at least a bachelor’s degree: 83.0%

Devon is an affluent Philadelphia suburb, and hosts an annual horse show.


Kingston, Rhode Island

Population: 6,983

Share of population over 25 years old with at least a bachelor’s degree: 65.9%

Kingston is home to the University of Rhode Island’s main campus.


Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina

Population: 2,050

Share of population over 25 years old with at least a bachelor’s degree: 79.3%

Sullivan’s Island is an affluent Charleston suburb.


Vermillion, South Dakota

Population: 10,687

Share of population over 25 years old with at least a bachelor’s degree: 57.9%

The University of South Dakota is located in Vermillion.


Belle Meade, Tennessee

Population: 2,584

Share of population over 25 years old with at least a bachelor’s degree: 83.3%

Belle Meade is a wealthy suburb of Nashville.


University Park, Texas

Population: 24,692

Share of population over 25 years old with at least a bachelor’s degree: 87.2%

University Park, located outside Dallas, is home to Southern Methodist University.


Emigration Canyon, Utah

Population: 1,931

Share of population over 25 years old with at least a bachelor’s degree: 78.0%

Emigration Canyon is a small township east of Salt Lake City.


Woodstock, Vermont

Population: 1,156

Share of population over 25 years old with at least a bachelor’s degree: 64.3%

Woodstock is a small, tourism-centered town in Windsor County.


Wolf Trap, Virginia

Population: 17,086

Share of population over 25 years old with at least a bachelor’s degree: 84.3%

Wolf Trap is located in Fairfax County, outside Washington, DC.


Yarrow Point, Washington

Population: 1,184

Share of population over 25 years old with at least a bachelor’s degree: 83.2%

Yarrow Point is an affluent suburb of Seattle.


Cheat Lake, West Virginia

Population: 9,540

Share of population over 25 years old with at least a bachelor’s degree: 53.4%

Cheat Lake is a community outside Morgantown, WV, near the Pennsylvania border.


Shorewood Hills, Wisconsin

Population: 2,105

Share of population over 25 years old with at least a bachelor’s degree: 88.5%

Shorewood Hills is a suburb of Madison, and is close to the University of Wisconsin’s campus.


Wilson, Wyoming

Population: 1,991

Share of population over 25 years old with at least a bachelor’s degree: 70.6%

Wilson is a small town in Teton County, outside Jackson, WY.

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