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Austin better educated than Houston, Dallas and rest of Texas says new study

Austin better educated than Houston, Dallas and rest of Texas

Austin, Texas, skyline, downtown
Austinites, you live in one of the most educated cities in the U.S. Ed Schipul/Flickr

School is back in session and a new report says Austin is one of the most educated cities in the country.

WalletHub has released 2014's Most and Least Educated Cities, which ranks Austin the 11th most educated city in the U.S. The site analyzed the 150 largest metropolitan areas to determine "where the most educated Americans are choosing to settle."

Nine key metrics were examined, including educational attainment; the percentage of workers with jobs in computer, engineering and science fields; and the quality and size of each metropolitan area’s universities. Austin's top ranking is, of course, in part due to our top-tier university (the University of Texas at Austin is ranked No. 29 in the world) and Texas' ever-growing tech sector

In addition to a stellar national ranking, Austin far surpasses other Texas cities.

Houston ranks No. 56, followed by Dallas at No. 80 and San Antonio at No. 96. Several cities in the Lone Star State land on the least educated side of the spectrum. In fact, Beaumont takes the lowest spot on the list at No. 150. Brownsville ranks No. 147, McAllen is No. 142 and Corpus Christi ranks No. 139.