U.S. census data shows a worker who has a bachelor's degree will earn about 77 percent more than someone who does not. A person holding a master's degree will earn 17 percent more than an individual with a bachelor's degree.
Those figures translate into a list of the top U.S. metropolitan area with the strongest brainpower, according to a new study by The Business Journals.
Of the 102 major markets, Durham ranked sixth best (87.5 percent with high school diplomas, 43.1 percent with bachelor's degrees, and 20.4 with graduate degrees). Raleigh ranked eighth (89.8 percent, 41.3 percent,13.8 percent).
Each market was rated on its 2012 percentages of adults with high school diplomas, bachelor's degrees, and graduate degrees.
Washington, D.C. grabbed the top spot.