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Rockford ranked one of 2021’s least educated cities by WalletHub

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — When it comes to education, Rockford ranks almost last in the country. WalletHub released a new study of 2021's most and least educated cities; Rockford's ranking was 130 out of 150 metropolitan areas.

It measured cities on 11 metrics, like the percentage of residents with diplomas, gender and race education gaps and percentage of residents with college degrees.

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"Without having seen the survey or not being able to speak to the metrics, I don't know what they did or didn't value," says Rockford Public Schools Superintendent Ehren Jarrett. "What we're focused on in our community here is graduation rate, literacy and numeracy."

Here are the top and bottom cities for education according to WalletHub's study:

  1. Ann Arbor, Michigan
  2. San Jose, California
  3. Washington D.C.
  4. San Francisco
  5. Madison, Wisconsin

146. Modesto, California
147. Bakersfield, California
148. McAllen, Texas
149. Brownsville, Texas
150. Visalia, California

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Maggie Polsean

Maggie Polsean is an anchor for 13 News Today. Born and raised in Rockford, she is excited to be back home working for the station she grew up watching. Maggie is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and Christian Life high school in Rockford.

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