Austin has been ranked as the third smartest city
in the U.S., after Seattle and San Francisco. Austin was noted for having 14.7% of adults with graduate and/or professional degrees, 25.7% with bachelor's degrees, 5.0% with associate degrees, 21.1% with some college, 17% high school graduates, and 16.6% without a high school degree. The national average for adults with bachelor's degrees is 24.4%, and Seattle has 47%. D.C. has the largest proportion of adults with graduate degrees, 21%. Seattle has 17%, and the national average is 8.9%.
The other Texas cities surveyed were Arlington (12), Dallas (35), Houston (38), San Antonio (40), and El Paso (48).