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. 
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“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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