Providence not a ‘smartest city’

PROVIDENCE, ranked by the educational attainment levels of its residents, is not one of the smartest U.S. cities.
Posted 11/25/11

BOSTON – Providence, ranked by the educational attainment levels of its residents, is not one of the smartest U.S. cities.

The Creative Capital ranked at No. 155 out of 269 U.S. metro areas with populations of more than 100,000 residents on the “On Numbers” survey published by The Business Journals.

According to 2009 U.S. Census Bureau’s five-year American Community Survey, 26.9 percent of Providence population dropped out before high school graduation. By contrast, 12.5 percent had earned a graduate or professional degree.

In between the two extremes: 25 percent stopped at a high school diploma; 19 percent stopped their education with an associate’s degree or stopped before attaining a bachelor’s; and 16.5 percent stopped at a bachelor’s degree.

On Numbers also looked at smaller populated areas. The ‘smartest’ small area was Chevy Chase Village, Md., where more than two-thirds of the 2,000 residents had graduate degrees.

In Rhode Island areas - of 1,000 to 9,999 residents – Kingston earned the highest brainpower rank of No. 375 of 10,450 small communities.

Others on the ranking included: Narragansett Pier, 583; Wakefield-Peacedale, 704; Melville, 1,216; Greenville, 1,254; Hope Valley, 1,873; Cumberland Hill, 2,135; Ashaway, 2,967; Harrisville, 3,406; and Tiverton, 3,955.

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