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Most people know that education is important and children should attend school.  However, is it even more important that they graduate?  This post will examine latest census data and highlight one of the interesting areas, i.e. which U.S. cities with lowest high school graduation rates.  Census-designated places (CDP) are excluded in this article.

Top 10 cities with lowest high school graduation rates, by nation-wide

There may be some tied results for each rank.  Based 2008-2012 nation-wide data released by US Census, the following cities had the lowest high school graduates:

  • 1st place with only 27.70% graduation rate is Huron, a city in California
  • 2nd place (30.40%) is Mendota (CA)
  • 3rd place (33.80%) is Orange Cove (CA)
  • 4th place (36.70%) is Arvin (CA)
  • 5th place (38.90%) is Maywood (CA)
  • 6th place (40.70%) is Bell Gardens (CA)
  • 7th place (41.10%) is Huntington Park (CA)
  • 8th place (41.20%) is Parlier (CA) and Jacinto City (TX)
  • 9th place (41.30%) is Cudahy (CA)
  • 10th place (41.60%) is King City (CA)

Cities with lowest high school graduation rates, grouped by state

Would you like know which city has the lowest high school graduation rate for a certain state?  We have grouped the data by state and ranked the cities based on their high school graduates.  Each state will contain top 3 cities.  Read the following section to find the results.

Alaska

The cities in Alaska with the lowest high school attainment rates are Meadow Lakes (89.20%), Fairbanks (89.90%) and Bethel (90.80%).

Alabama

Alabama cities with lowest high school graduates are Atmore (65.90%), Fort Payne (68.10%) and Albertville (69.60%).

Arkansas

Top 3 cities in Arkansas with the lowest high school graduation rates are De Queen (47.40%), Springdale (69.70%) and Hope (69.80%).

State rankings by percentage of high school graduate or higher

The chart below shows list of U.S. states by percentage of high school graduate or higher, sorted in descending order.  The watermarked area indicates nation-wide average value, which is 85.7%.

U.S. States by percentage of high school graduate or higher

See also

Foreign-born population in the USA

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