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This is why Provo ranks among the most-educated cities

Teachers, administrators and students arrive at the Maeser Building in the BYU campus to attend the first LDS Educators Association conference on Saturday, July 15, 2017.
Teachers, administrators and students arrive at the Maeser Building in the BYU campus to attend the first LDS Educators Association conference on Saturday, July 15, 2017.
Tad Walch, Deseret News

One of Utah’s college towns may be one of the smartest cities in the nation.

A new report from WalletHub ranked Provo as the seventh most educated city in the country, falling right behind Boston and Madison, Wisconsin.

Ann Arbor, Michigan, which is home to the University of Michigan, topped the list. The nation’s capital Washington, D.C., finished in second place, ahead of tech hub San Jose, California, and Durham, North Carolina.

Ann Arbor topped the list for having the highest amount of bachelor’s degree holders for those 25 and older, according to WalletHub.

Source: WalletHubTexas and California cities populated the bottom end of the list. McAllen, Texas, finished 150th on the list, below Brownsville, Texas, as well as California cities Visalia, Bakersfield and Modesto.

Salt Lake City placed at No. 32 on the list, just behind Honolulu, as well as the Sacramento, California, area.

The Ogden-Clearfield area also ranked on the list, finishing at No. 68 on the list.

WalletHub ranked these cities after reviewing several metrics, including the percent of high school diploma holders, university quality and the gender education gap.

Provo, which is home to Brigham Young University, finished as the city with the fifth highest percentage of high school diploma holders. It also had the second highest percentage of those with an associate’s degree.

Both BYU and the University of Utah both ranked on MONEY magazine’s best college for your money list, according to the Deseret News. BYU finished at the No. 105 spot, which was more than 100 spots higher than the University of Utah.