Fresno, Modesto and Visalia are among the country’s least educated large metropolitan areas, according to a study released Monday.
WalletHub compared the top 150 metropolitan statistical areas based on the percentage of adults with a college education and other factors such as the quality of the area’s public schools and universities.
Overall, Fresno ranked 145th, just ahead of Modesto at 146th, Bakersfield at 147th and Visalia/Porterville at 148th.
Fresno’s metropolitan statistical area includes all of Fresno County, Modesto’s includes all of Stanislaus County and Visalia/Porterville’s includes Tulare County.
The highest-ranking California area on the list was San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, which was ranked the third-most educated in the U.S.
The study used nine metrics, mostly based on the number of adults 25 and older with a college degree.
According to the Census Bureau, about 20 percent of adults in Fresno have a bachelor’s degree or higher; about 16 percent in Stanislaus County and about 13 percent in Tulare County.
The least-educated metropolitan area in the country is the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission region of south Texas on the Mexico border, according to the report. No. 149 – just behind the San Joaquin Valley metropolitan areas – is Brownsville-Harlingen, also in south Texas.
The No. 1 educated metropolitan area is Ann Arbor, Mich., home to the University of Michigan.