RANKING: Ann Arbor Is The Smartest City In America … By A Lot


For the third year in a row, Ann Arbor was named the Smartest City in America by WalletHub. Ann Arbor bested the second-ranked city, Washington, D.C.––scoring a 95 while D.C. scored a 78.

To determine rankings, WalletHub compared the 150 largest metropolitan statistical areas, using nine metrics to determine educational attainment and quality of attainment and education gap.

The site used data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, GreatSchools.org, and U.S. News & World Report.

Aside from bragging rights, why does this ranking matter? WalletHub says cities that have more degree-holders also have markedly higher wages, which in turn creates more tax revenue for more livable, vibrant cities.

Ann Arbor also has a lot of benefits for the student populations who visit and call the city home while they’re studying at Michigan Ross.

WalletHub’s data found that Ann Arbor has the highest percentage of associate, bachelor’s and graduate degree holders in the country. The latest US Census shows 71 percent of the city has a bachelor’s degree or higher.

So it’s no surprise that Ann Arbor was also named the Best City to Live in the US this year by niche.com, and that’s on top of its numerous other accolades, including: Best College City by aier.org and #1 Main Street by Huffington Post and Fodor.

See more of Ann Arbor’s stellar rankings

Read WalletHub’s Smartest City 2017 List