Florida cities are among the most educated and least well-educated in the country

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Schools are about to reopen, but should entire Florida cities go back? A new study shows that some cities could benefit from a few more years of school.

Wallet Hub published a list listing the most and least educated American cities. Tallahassee was ranked number 11, while Lakeland-Winter Haven was ranked 140.

West Palm Beach (along with Fort Lauderdale and Miami) made the middle of the list at number 83 with other Florida cities including Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville (69), Orlando-Kissimmee-Gastonia (73), North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton (78), Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island (80), Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater (86), Jacksonville (93), Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent (106), Cape Coral-Fort Myers (113), Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach (117), Port St. Lucie (119), and Ocala (138).

Ann Arbor, Mich., was above and beyond the most educated city in the country while McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas took the bottom spot as the least educated one. The site says that the data was compiled using two categories of information: educational attainment, quality of education, and attainment gap.

“The U.S. has become more involved in a global competitive economy; therefore we need all the skilled workers we can get,” Christine Greenhow (assistant professor of counseling and educational psychology at Michigan State University), told Wallet Hub. We need to double our efforts to educate all students within our communities. However, we also need to take part in other efforts to recruit highly skilled people from other parts.

Port St. Lucie was named, along with Sarasota, Naples, and Naples, as the city with the greatest gender gap in educational attainment, while Jacksonville was tied for lowest average university quality.