Compared with the rest of the nation, the Bay Area is a highly educated place.

Top of this list? Marin County has the highest percentage of residents with at least a bachelor’s degree on their resumes at 58 percent, followed closely by San Francisco with nearly 55 percent.

Bottom of the heap? Solano County, with just a quarter of that county’s population being college-educated.1. Marin — 57.1% 2. San Francisco — 54.8%3. Santa Clara — 49.1%4. San Mateo — 47.1%5. Alameda — 43.9%6. Contra Costa — 40.3%7. Sonoma — 33.1%8. Napa — 33%9. Solano — 25.1%[bar color=”Accent-Color” title=”1. Marin” percent=”57.1″][bar color=”Extra-Color-1″ title=”2. San Francisco” percent=”54.8″][bar color=”Accent-Color” title=”3. Santa Clara” percent=”49.1″][bar color=”Extra-Color-1″ title=”4. San Mateo” percent=”47.1″][bar color=”Accent-Color” title=”5. Alameda” percent=”43.9″][bar color=”Extra-Color-1″ title=”6. Contra Costa” percent=”40.3″][bar color=”Accent-Color” title=”7. Sonoma” percent=”33.1″][bar color=”Extra-Color-1″ title=”8. Napa” percent=”33″][bar color=”Accent-Color” title=”9. Solano” percent=”25.1″]While San Francisco and Marin counties top the list, others can still boast that at least a third of their inhabitants stuck it out through at least four years of college to get a degree.

Despite trailing Marin County by over 24 percent, even Napa County has a higher percentage of people with college degrees than the national rate of 30.3 percent. Eight of nine Bay Area counties surpass the country as a whole, with only Solano County trailing the national rate.


Source: U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey, Table S1501

Daniel J. Willis

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