Bachelor Padding: Degrees of Separation

Oprah Winfrey, no stranger to success, has been quoted as saying, “Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.”

Those who take her words to heart and hope to surround their kids with uplifting people might want their next home to have one of the zip codes listed in the latest report from RealtyTrac. Based on a survey of communities whose residents have the highest percentage of college degrees.

According to RealtyTrac, there are seven U.S. zip codes with at least 2,500 residents in which every last one of them has earned a bachelor’s degree.

Of the top 50 zip codes cited, all have populations in which 83 percent have their bachelor’s degrees. The top ten, all with 92 percent or more are evenly divided over ten states, beginning with those seven 100-percenters in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Indiana, North Carolina, and Ohio, followed by zip codes in Boulder, Colorado, Stanford, California, and New York City.


National Trends Templat

Zip City, State Population % Degree
19383 West Chester, Pennsylvania 3068 100%
19717 Newark, Delaware  4091 100%
08240 Pomona, New Jersey 3737 100%
05405 Burlington, Vermont  4136 100%
47406 Bloomington, Indiana  4422 100%
27109 Winston Salem, North Carolina 2525 100%
43403 Bowling Green, Ohio  5916 100%
80310 Boulder, Colorado  5953 96%
10069 New York, New York 5359 94%
94305 Stanford, California  13,541 92%


Below is a list of the ten zip codes that top the list. Not surprisingly, the list leans towards college towns. If you are a journalist and wish to get further information regarding this dataset or to our many other datasets, please contact our PR Department (

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