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I live in Rutherford County, Tennessee. And, more precisely, in Murfreesboro.

A periodical just arrived (Community Impact Newspaper) that shows some rather bizarre statistics:

The percentage of Rutherford Countians who own (as opposed to renting): 65.2 percent

The percentage of Murfreesborians who own (as opposed to renting): 51.9 percent

The median household income for Rutherford Countians: $68,718

The median household income for Murfreesborians: $60,683

This would seem to suggest that Rutherford Countians, on the whole, are typically better educated than Murfreesboroians.

But here is the kicker:

The percentage of Rutherford Countians who have a bachelor's degree or higher: 32.6 percent

The percentage of Murfreesboroians who have a bachelor's degree or higher: 39.3 percent

Does this strike others as being counter-intuitive?
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I live in Rutherford County, Tennessee. And, more precisely, in Murfreesboro.

A periodical just arrived (Community Impact Newspaper) that shows some rather bizarre statistics:

The percentage of Rutherford Countians who own (as opposed to renting): 65.2 percent

The percentage of Murfreesborians who own (as opposed to renting): 51.9 percent

The median household income for Rutherford Countians: $68,718

The median household income for Murfreesborians: $60,683

This would seem to suggest that Rutherford Countians, on the whole, are typically better educated than Murfreesboroians.

But here is the kicker:

The percentage of Rutherford Countians who have a bachelor's degree or higher: 32.6 percent

The percentage of Murfreesboroians who have a bachelor's degree or higher: 39.3 percent

Does this strike others as being counter-intuitive?
Nope.

A college degree in no way suggests or guarantees a higher income. It has been my experience that a college degree is a mixed bag of success. One of my brothers had a teaching degree, but made more money installing and servicing Fire extinguishers and equipment.
Finally, when he could afford to, he went back to his passion, to teaching.

Another with a teaching degree made a career out of Emergency medical
service.

My millionaire youngest brother has a High school diploma. No college at all.

I have a college education, teaching history. Made more money working for a living in retail and later, printing and packaging.

Hard work, good morals, sound adherence to principles will gain more respect and income than a alphabet laced college diploma. Hands down.

I'm not saying one cannot make more money with a degree. It does open more doors with higher income opportunities. But, but without a good work ethic, it in and of itself, provides no guarantee.
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The running joke for quite a while--

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"Yes, I have a PhD. Do you want fries with that?"
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If the data in wikipedia is right, the median age for the county is 34 and the median age for the city is 29, and the average household in the city is 2.63 people and for the county, 2.77 people. Those two differences alone probably account for much of the differences in household income (single person households and younger people in the city are likely to earn less than older families in the suburbs).
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Then I guess I am once again, way above the norm.

No degree, audited CC classes, took Adult education classes, studied at the library (before 'online' was an option) and taught myself a great deal, all while working a full time+ job. No debt.

According to your chart, I should have a 'Professional Degree'. As should the HVAC guy who according to the chart, who should have a Doctorate.

It's a matter of having the determination, patience, and attitude, not necessarily a very expense piece of paper that says you passed some tests.

For some people, higher education is the right path. for others, it's not. Having a piece of paper does not guarantee success, as @FrancSevin said.

And, money is not always the barometer of success.
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