The least educated cities in America

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Of all the factors that impact housing prices, perhaps none matter more than a community’s education level. Better schools typically mean more expensive homes, and the education level of a city has a widespread effect on its overall well-being.

Earlier this year, Find The Home found the most educated city in every state. This time we highlighted the 10 worst. To achieve this, we looked at cities with populations in the 95th percentile for their states and found the one with the highest percentage of people age 25 years or older who have less than a high school diploma or GED equivalent. The percent of residents 25 years or older with no diploma and the total population for each city represent rolling five-year estimates, as reported by the ACS.

Note: In the event of ties, the city with the larger population was ranked higher on the list.

10. Denison, IA

9. Dodge City, KS

8. Dalton, GA

7. Reading, PA

6. New Brunswick, NJ

5. Pharr, TX

4. Cicero, IL

3. Schuyler, NE

2. Sunland Park, NM

1. East Los Angeles, CA

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