Louisiana has a total of 66 colleges and universities, landing us at number 26 on the list of states with the most colleges. With so many opportunities for higher learning, what city is the most educated in Louisiana?

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We all know there are different types of intelligence. Simply put, there's street smart, and there's book smart. While there hasn't been, or may not exist, an official study quantifying street smarts, there is the readily available information on what percentages of a city's population have earned college degrees.

Most Educated City In Louisiana

In every city, there's a certain percentage of the population who have a bachelor's degree or higher. According to westcentralsbest.com "nationwide an estimated 32.1% of American adults, 25 and older have a bachelor's degree or higher."

In Louisiana, there is one city that exceeds the national average of 32.1%, and in fact, exceeds all other cities in Louisiana when it comes to the educated populous.

According to the 2021 research by westcentralsbest.com, Lafayette is the most educated city in Louisiana.

From westcentralsbest.com -

"In Louisiana, Lafayette, a city of about 126,700 people, ranks as the best-educated place. An estimated 38.2% of adults in the area have a bachelor's degree or higher, compared to the 24.1% bachelor's degree attainment rate across the state as a whole."

All of the data used to compile the list of "Most Educated Cities in the U.S." was collected from five-year estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2019 American Community Survey.

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As mentioned below, the data has been compiled looking at Louisiana cities with populations of 25,000 or greater. That being said, you need to know about Mandeville.

The population of Mandeville, La in 2019 is listed at 12,448. Of the 12,448 residents, a jaw-dropping 49.8% 25 years of age or older have a bachelor's degree or higher according to statisticalatlas.com.

Y'all...Mandeville is kind of doing the most!

Below is how Lafayette compares to the rest of Louisiana when it comes to residents with a college education via westcentralsbest.com.

(Places with populations of 25,000 or less, or with high margins of error in education data, were excluded from the analysis.)

Adults With a Bachelor's Degree (%)

Lafayette - 38.2%

Louisiana - 24.1%

Median Household Income ($)

Lafayette - $51,264

Louisiana - $49,469

 Most Educated Parishes In Louisiana

Now that we know that Lafayette is the most educated city in Louisiana, how do the other cities rank?

Although I couldn't find a ranking of exact cities, stacker.com has ranked "The Most Educated Parishes in Louisiana".

The ranking was compiled using data from the latest U.S. Census Bureau.

"Parishes are ranked by the highest percent of the population 25 years and over that has a Bachelor’s degree or higher" according to stacker.com.

Below are the top 10 most educated Parishes in Louisiana via stacker.com -

1. Orleans Parish - 37.6% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher.

2. Lincoln Parish - 35.6% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher.

3. East Baton Rouge Parish - 34.9% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher.

4. St. Tammany Parish - 33.8% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher.

5. Lafayette Parish - 33% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher.

6. Jefferson Parish - 26.8% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher.

7. Ascension Parish - 26.4% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher.

8. St. Charles Parish - 25.3% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher.

9. Bossier Parish - 25.2% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher.

10. West Feliciana Parish - 24.2% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher.

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