The more education you have, the more you earn, and a recent analysis from 24/7 Wall St. using U.S. Census Bureau data bears that out.
Looking at the most-educated cities in the Southeast, the top — Raleigh, N.C. — is nearly 18 percentage points higher in education than the bottom city, New Orleans. New Orleans households make a median income nearly 31.9% less than the wage earned in Raleigh households.
A lot of variables go into income, and education shouldn’t be considered on its own when comparing quality of life data. For example, Huntsville, Ala., is the heart of the space program, and a lot of aerospace companies and engineers have lived there for generations after the moon landings launched America into the space race.
South Carolina comes in third with the relatively highly educated area of Hilton Head Island; but even with Hilton Headers earning more than $63,000, Raleigh residents still make 12.4% more — though Hilton Head households make 26.4% more than the rest of South Carolina on average.
Here's a look at the numbers.