Counties with the most college graduates in Virginia

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September 18, 2021
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Counties with the most college graduates in Virginia

The American philosopher and psychologist John Dewey once said, “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” Dewey advocated for an educational paradigm called pragmatism, which stresses the importance of learning academic concepts by experiencing them firsthand, instead of through lecture and repetition in a classroom.

While the philosophy is used by many educators (especially those working in fields where the value of work experience exceeds the value placed on an academic background), many people take great pride in their formal educational credentials because of the valuable skills such educations provided and because of the immense amount of work that goes into earning a degree.

Stacker compiled a list of counties with the most college graduates in Virginia using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by the highest percent of the population 25 years and over that has a Bachelor’s degree or higher.

Keep reading to see which counties in your state have the most college graduates.

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#30. Roanoke County

- 35.6% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 7.7% ($23,983 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 25% ($36,390)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 31.8% ($42,093)
- Bachelor's degree: 22.8% ($52,209)
- Graduate or professional degree: 12.8% ($64,509)
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#29. Lynchburg city

- 35.6% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 11.3% ($26,016 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 25.2% ($26,075)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 27.9% ($31,702)
- Bachelor's degree: 21.1% ($37,773)
- Graduate or professional degree: 14.5% ($52,212)
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#28. Rappahannock County

- 35.8% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 11.6% ($32,438 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 27.6% ($34,902)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 25% ($52,917)
- Bachelor's degree: 18.3% ($44,200)
- Graduate or professional degree: 17.4% ($95,978)
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#27. Virginia Beach city

- 36% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 6.5% ($25,650 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 21% ($34,876)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 36.6% ($39,470)
- Bachelor's degree: 22.6% ($53,696)
- Graduate or professional degree: 13.4% ($70,072)
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#26. King George County

- 36% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 6.8% ($25,179 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 26.5% ($38,403)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 30.8% ($43,460)
- Bachelor's degree: 21.9% ($65,331)
- Graduate or professional degree: 14% ($96,087)
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#25. Harrisonburg city

- 36.3% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 16.2% ($25,189 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 25.6% ($26,033)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 22% ($28,901)
- Bachelor's degree: 20.2% ($42,639)
- Graduate or professional degree: 16.1% ($57,500)
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#24. Fauquier County

- 36.4% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 7.5% ($31,131 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 26.6% ($44,210)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 29.5% ($53,091)
- Bachelor's degree: 23.3% ($73,996)
- Graduate or professional degree: 13% ($73,148)
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#23. Radford city

- 38% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 8.9% ($14,000 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 23.8% ($31,667)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 29.4% ($33,556)
- Bachelor's degree: 18.2% ($44,699)
- Graduate or professional degree: 19.8% ($54,923)
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#22. Richmond city

- 39.6% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 14.6% ($20,796 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 21.8% ($24,330)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 24% ($29,616)
- Bachelor's degree: 23.5% ($48,072)
- Graduate or professional degree: 16.1% ($59,542)
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#21. Hanover County

- 39.8% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 6.9% ($28,569 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 25.5% ($38,387)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 27.8% ($47,703)
- Bachelor's degree: 26% ($63,662)
- Graduate or professional degree: 13.8% ($70,634)
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#20. Stafford County

- 39.9% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 6.8% ($28,905 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 22.9% ($41,603)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 30.4% ($48,112)
- Bachelor's degree: 23.5% ($78,051)
- Graduate or professional degree: 16.4% ($104,441)
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#19. Chesterfield County

- 40.5% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 7.7% ($28,769 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 23.6% ($34,489)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 28.3% ($42,726)
- Bachelor's degree: 25.1% ($56,214)
- Graduate or professional degree: 15.4% ($69,269)
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#18. Fredericksburg city

- 40.9% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 9.8% ($27,437 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 23.7% ($31,016)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 25.5% ($36,605)
- Bachelor's degree: 22.6% ($60,201)
- Graduate or professional degree: 18.3% ($86,433)
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#17. Prince William County

- 41.1% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 11.5% ($30,159 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 20% ($38,114)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 27.3% ($46,741)
- Bachelor's degree: 24.3% ($69,221)
- Graduate or professional degree: 16.8% ($95,226)
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#16. Goochland County

- 41.8% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 8.6% ($24,279 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 23.8% ($35,959)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 25.8% ($40,520)
- Bachelor's degree: 25.8% ($64,329)
- Graduate or professional degree: 16% ($65,890)
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#15. Poquoson city

- 42.2% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 5.1% ($50,950 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 25.9% ($36,865)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 26.8% ($44,325)
- Bachelor's degree: 22.8% ($62,762)
- Graduate or professional degree: 19.4% ($86,179)
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#14. Henrico County

- 43.7% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 8.3% ($25,057 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 21.2% ($31,527)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 26.8% ($37,892)
- Bachelor's degree: 26.3% ($54,506)
- Graduate or professional degree: 17.4% ($72,525)
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#13. Montgomery County

- 45.5% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 6.8% ($23,676 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 23.4% ($31,495)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 24.4% ($35,505)
- Bachelor's degree: 21.8% ($43,320)
- Graduate or professional degree: 23.6% ($61,837)
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#12. Lexington city

- 46.7% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 8.6%
- High school graduate: 21.9% ($13,074)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 22.8% ($37,907)
- Bachelor's degree: 28.1% ($31,907)
- Graduate or professional degree: 18.6% ($57,292)
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#11. York County

- 47.1% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 5.3% ($24,886 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 18.9% ($38,931)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 28.7% ($41,836)
- Bachelor's degree: 25.3% ($58,011)
- Graduate or professional degree: 21.7% ($86,981)
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#10. James City County

- 50.4% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 4.9% ($25,344 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 17.8% ($28,490)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 27% ($36,556)
- Bachelor's degree: 27.7% ($51,950)
- Graduate or professional degree: 22.7% ($75,118)
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#9. Charlottesville city

- 54.9% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 8.8% ($20,820 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 16.5% ($25,571)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 19.6% ($32,002)
- Bachelor's degree: 26.5% ($46,699)
- Graduate or professional degree: 28.5% ($61,419)
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#8. Albemarle County

- 55.1% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 7.9% ($24,295 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 15.8% ($31,510)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 21.2% ($40,105)
- Bachelor's degree: 28.5% ($55,345)
- Graduate or professional degree: 26.7% ($72,285)
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#7. Williamsburg city

- 56.8% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 5.3% ($27,353 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 18.7% ($25,583)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 19.3% ($22,446)
- Bachelor's degree: 27.1% ($34,597)
- Graduate or professional degree: 29.6% ($64,500)
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#6. Fairfax city

- 60.8% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 5.9% ($22,292 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 13.4% ($34,732)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 19.8% ($50,813)
- Bachelor's degree: 31.3% ($71,626)
- Graduate or professional degree: 29.5% ($94,041)
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#5. Loudoun County

- 61.3% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 6.1% ($30,716 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 12.4% ($39,316)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 20.1% ($52,401)
- Bachelor's degree: 35.5% ($89,605)
- Graduate or professional degree: 25.8% ($109,463)
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#4. Fairfax County

- 61.6% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 7.5% ($25,645 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 12.8% ($32,004)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 18.1% ($44,258)
- Bachelor's degree: 31.1% ($76,443)
- Graduate or professional degree: 30.5% ($107,570)
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#3. Alexandria city

- 63.1% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 7% ($25,621 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 11.6% ($28,368)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 18.3% ($40,650)
- Bachelor's degree: 29.7% ($73,337)
- Graduate or professional degree: 33.4% ($99,258)
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#2. Arlington County

- 75.3% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 5.7% ($23,776 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 7.8% ($31,395)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 11.2% ($46,362)
- Bachelor's degree: 35% ($80,721)
- Graduate or professional degree: 40.3% ($104,079)
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#1. Falls Church city

- 77.6% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 1.1%
- High school graduate: 7.3% ($28,160)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 14.1% ($40,970)
- Bachelor's degree: 34.8% ($83,693)
- Graduate or professional degree: 42.7% ($113,819)

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