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Education brings prosperity to cities
According to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2006 American Community Survey, which can be seen here Fresno ranks 95th of the largest 100 city in bachelor degree attainment. With only 19 % of the population attaining a bachelor's degree or higher, however in San Francisco about 43% of the population has at least a 4 year degree or higher.
This is unfortunate because those with a 4 year degree earn considerably more than employees with only a high school diploma. Around $27,000 per year more in 2009. It is also unfortunate because people with a bachelor's degree enjoy higher rates of employment. According to the Brooking Institute's report "The State of metropolitan America" 97% of people with a bachelors degree were employed in the 100 cities examined while those without a bachelors degree had much higher rates of unemployment.
Although Fresno has been an agriculture based town for a long time, we can no longer continue to rely on agriculture for jobs and prosperity. The best news, if you look at this way is smart cities get smarter. In San Francisco, despite having the second highest rate of college attainment, they have consistently increased the rate of college degree attainment. This means that if Fresno raises it's rate of attainment from 19% to 25%, we are likely to continue the trend, make more money, have lower unemployment rates and higher quality of life.
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