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Is There a Doctor Around? In Some Counties There Most Likely is – a PhD, That is.

TUESDAY, AUG 23, 2022

Almost 3.3 million Americans have a doctoral degree, according to a Social Explorer analysis of 2016-20 American Community Survey data – and where the greatest percentage are located might be a surprise to some. Suffolk County, Mass., the home of Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, doesn’t make the top 10; nor does New York County, which hosts New York University and Columbia University. Even Washington, D.C., which boasts a half-dozen major campuses, doesn’t make the cut.

Los Alamos County, N.M., home to a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory, reports 16.9 percent of people older than 25 have a doctoral degree, the highest percentage in the nation. It’s followed by Tompkins County, N.Y. (Cornell, 9.2 percent); Lexington City, Va. (Washington and Lee, 9.2 percent); Orange County, N.C. (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 8.2 percent); and Oktibbeha County, Miss. (Mississippi State University, 7.4 percent).

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Educational Attainment, PhD, 2020. Click here to explore further.

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Author: Frank Bass

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