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Is Hyde Park Chicago's Smartest Neighborhood? Map Shows Most Educated Areas

By Tanveer Ali | December 9, 2016 6:07am

CHICAGO — More than 47 percent of Hyde Park residents age 25 and older have a graduate degree, by far the highest of any community area.

A look at recently released Census data breaks down educational attainment by neighborhood, including residents without high school degrees, those who have bachelor's degrees and those who have more education beyond that.

In all, 82.3 percent of Chicagoans age 25 and older have at least a high school degree while 35.5 percent have a bachelor's. Chicagoans with graduate degrees make up 14.3 percent of the population age 25 and older.

All those numbers are up citywide compared to 2010 estimates that had the number of high school graduates at 79.3 percent, bachelor's holders at 32.2 percent and those with graduate degrees at 12.9 percent.

The community areas with the highest concentration of bachelor's degrees are Lincoln Park, the Near North Side, Loop, Lakeview and Hyde Park. At least 73 percent of people 25 or older have bachelor's degrees in those neighborhoods.

The five community areas with the lowest concentration of college graduates are West Garfield Park, Riverdale, Little Village, Gage Park and Englewood. Less than 7 percent of people 25 and older in those neighborhoods have such degrees. 

While adults in Little Village lag well behind those in other parts of the city in terms of getting high school diplomas — nearly 51 percent have no such degree in the neighborhood according to the Census — the data shows that the neighborhood is getting more educated. In 2010, the census estimated 16 percent of Little Village residents at least had some college education. In 2015, that number jumped to 21.4 percent.

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