PROVIDENCE – The Providence-Warwick-Fall River metropolitan area ranked No. 49 among the largest metropolitan areas in the nation for percentage of millennials age 25-34, denoted as older millennials, that are college graduates, according to a report from the Bookings Institution last week.
The Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Mass., metropolitan area had the highest percentage of any area in the study, with 58.5 percent of older millennials holding college degrees.
The report was based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2015 American Community Survey.
The Bakersfield, Calif., metro area had the lowest percentage of any area in the study, with 14.2 percent of older millennials being college graduates.
The study noted that the top 10 metro areas in the study all had older millennial college graduate percentages greater than 45 percent, while the bottom 10 metro areas all had percentages less than 24 percent. The Worcester metro area’s older millennials had a college graduation rate of 37.1 percent, ranking it No. 38.
Rhode Island ranked No. 14 in the U.S. for its older millennial college graduation rate at 37.3 percent. Rhode Island ranked No. 5 of 6 in New England ahead of Maine’s 33.1 percent, which ranked No. 23 in the U.S. and last in New England
Massachusetts reported the highest older millennial college graduation rate in New England at 51.2 percent, ranking No. 2 in the U.S. behind Washington D.C.’s 72.3 percent.
Connecticut ranked No. 2 in New England and No. 5 in the U.S. with a older millennial graduation percentage of 43.6. Connecticut was followed closely by Vermont at 43.3 percent, ranking No. 3 in New England and No. 6 in the U.S.
New Hampshire also trailed close behind at No. 4 in New England and No. 7 in the U.S. as older millennials had a college graduation rate of 42.5 percent.
Mississippi ranked last in the report with an older millennial graduation rate of 22.7 percent.
Chris Bergenheim is the PBN web editor.