Data Points

Degrees of difference: Most Bay Area counties lead the nation in college graduates

Compared with the rest of the nation, the Bay Area is a highly educated place.

Top of this list? Marin County has the highest percentage of residents with at least a bachelor’s degree on their resumes at 58 percent, followed closely by San Francisco with nearly 55 percent.

Bottom of the heap? Solano County, with just a quarter of that county’s population being college-educated.

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1. Marin — 57.1%
2
2. San Francisco — 54.8%
3
3. Santa Clara — 49.1%
4
4. San Mateo — 47.1%
5
5. Alameda — 43.9%
6
6. Contra Costa — 40.3%
7
7. Sonoma — 33.1%
8
8. Napa — 33%
9
9. Solano — 25.1%

1. Marin

57.1%

2. San Francisco

54.8%

3. Santa Clara

49.1%

4. San Mateo

47.1%

5. Alameda

43.9%

6. Contra Costa

40.3%

7. Sonoma

33.1%

8. Napa

33%

9. Solano

25.1%

While San Francisco and Marin counties top the list, others can still boast that at least a third of their inhabitants stuck it out through at least four years of college to get a degree.

Despite trailing Marin County by over 24 percent, even Napa County has a higher percentage of people with college degrees than the national rate of 30.3 percent. Eight of nine Bay Area counties surpass the country as a whole, with only Solano County trailing the national rate.


Source: U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey, Table S1501