Drastic Changes in Education Attainment

Josh Bays

Josh Bays | February 18, 2015

Site Selection Group assists education providers in finding locations that offer a balance of potential students and available entry-level jobs for graduates.  When conducting site selection for new campus expansion, understanding trends in education attainment is essential. 

“Over the past several years, there have been several changes in education attainment as population shifts occur. Those shifts can have a profound impact on the success of a post-secondary institution,” said Josh Bays, Principal, Site Selection Group.

The markets below represent the metro areas, with a population greater than 250,000, that experienced the greatest growth and decline from 2010-2015 in the population that listed a bachelor’s degree as their highest level of education.

Top 5 Growing & Decling Markets for Bachelor's Education Attainment 2010-2015

Metro AreaStateBachelor's Degree
Hagerstown-Martinsburg MD-WV 3.92%
Amarillo TX 3.33%
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville SC 2.44%
Jacksonville FL 2.32%
Gulfport-Biloxi MS 2.26%
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta CA -2.03%
Jackson MS -2.25%
Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood TX -2.37%
Gainesville FL -2.44%
Cape Coral-Fort Myers FL -3.09%


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