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Wallet Hub Ranks Fairfield County High Among 'Educated' Areas

UConn has a campus in Stamford, which is among Fairfield County cities ranked high among educated areas according to WalletHub, the personal finance website.
UConn has a campus in Stamford, which is among Fairfield County cities ranked high among educated areas according to WalletHub, the personal finance website. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Three Fairfield County cities led the rankings of 150 metro areas across the country in WalletHub's, "2016 Most and Least Educated Cities."

The same three, however, fared far worse when analysts looked at the areas to determine where gaps existed in educational achievement based on race, according to the report.

The personal finance website compared the "metropolitan statistical areas" or MSAs to determine where "the most educated Americans" are utilizing their degrees and found that Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk is in 12th place, said WalletHub.

Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk landed at 136 in its rating for "largest racial gap in educational attainment, out ranking only Minneapolis-St. Paul- Bloomington, Minn., Wis. at 137, and 138th position area, Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wis.

In the overall analysis, Bridgeport, Stamford and Norwalk scored 64.64 in total. The breakdown includes 6 for "educational attainment" rank though 148 for "quality of education and attainment gap ranking, according to WalletHub.

The analysis comes in advance of the upcoming fall semester because educational attainment is linked strongly to income level, said WalletHub.

Analysts looked at nine areas, such as the percentage of adults 25 and up with a bachelor's degree or higher to the educational attainment gap of men v. women, according to the report.

These are the top five cities:

Ann Arbor, Mich.

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-Virg., Md.

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif.

Durham-Chapel Hill, N.C.

Madison, Wisc.

These are the bottom five cities:

Modesto, Calif.

Bakersfield, Calif.

Visalia-Porterville, Calif.

Brownsville-Harlingen, Texas

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas

Click here to read the WalletHub report.

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