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About Half of Somerville Residents Have a Bachelor's Degree or Higher

But how does Somerville compare to neighboring communities?

Just over half of Somerville residents who are at least 25 years old—52.3 percent—have a bachelor's degree or higher, according to 2010 Census data.

That's higher than the state average, which is 38.3 percent. Of course, Somerville is located near some of the country's best universities, such as Harvard, MIT and .

When it comes to higher education, how does Somerville compare?

We looked at 2010 Census data for 18 cities and towns in the Somerville region and discovered that four communities in the area—Cambridge, Arlington, Winchester and Reading—have higher percentages of residents with at least a bachelor's degree. (Again, we're talking about residents who are 25 and older.) The rest have lower percentages of residents with college degrees.

Here's a chart showing the numbers.

Community Percentage of residents age 25+ with bachelor's degree or higher Arlington 62.3 percent Boston 42.5 percent Cambridge 72.1 percent Chelsea 13.6 percent Everett 15.8 percent Lynnfield 49.7 percent Malden 30.5 percent Medford 40.6 percent Melrose 48.6 percent Reading 55.1 percent Revere 18.1 percent Saugus 23.7 percent Somerville 52.3 percent Stoneham 38.9 percent Wakefield 47.6 percent Winchester 70.3 percent Winthrop 32.3 percent Woburn 32.3 percent Massachusetts 38.3 percent
cp kostos June 25, 2012 at 05:22 PM
It should be noted that many of these College educated residents had their degrees and then moved into Somerville later. Check out the graduating high school seniors going on to college. Then, compare these graduates with other communities and dollars per spent on each student.

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