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Charlotte the biggest, but not the brightest

Charlotte may be the state’s biggest city, but it’s not the brightest, according to financial and business information website WalletHub.

That honor goes to Raleigh, which ranked as the second-most educated city among the 150 largest metropolitan statistical areas. Neighboring Durham was right behind, at No. 3.

Even Wilmington, Asheville and Winston-Salem fared better than the Queen City at 37th, 40th, and 55th, respectively.

Charlotte showed up about half-way through, at No. 73. It ranked 61st in the education level of its residents and 89th in the quality and size of the area’s universities.

Charlotte ranked dead last in the average quality of top universities; Winston-Salem ranked fifth.

Greensboro and Fayetteville landed 115th and 116th, respectively, and Hickory came in at 135th.

Durham ranked third in the highest percentage of graduate or professional degree holders, and Winston-Salem ranked third in highest number of doctors per capita. Raleigh ranked fifth in highest percentage of workers with computer, engineering and science jobs.

The significance, according to WalletHub, is that “research has shown that skilled workers who are also degree holders tend to pump the most money into their local economies over time. A city’s prosperity, one then can assume, depends in large part on the productivity of its educated citizens.”

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