Study: Brookline Home to Nation's Two Most-Educated Zip Codes
Zip codes 02445 and 02446 rank at top, according to study.
A recent ranking of the country’s best-educated zip codes found that Brookline has not one, but two neighborhoods at the very top.
The data, part of a recent forecast by Maine-based Pinpoint Demographics, found that zip codes 02445 and 02446 are home to more people per capita with college experience than any other neighborhoods in the country. Even Cambridge, Brookline’s northern neighbor and home to Harvard University, earned only a ninth-place ranking with zip code 02138.
The study includes adults with any higher education experience, from a few college courses to a full doctorate. In a press release, Pinpoint Demographics noted that Brookline is home to three colleges—Pine Manor College, Newbury College and Hellenic College—and bordered by several major universities and medical schools.
According to the 2000 U.S. Census, 87.8 percent of people over age 25 living in zip code 02445 had at least some college experience at the time of the survey, compared to 88.8 percent of those 25 and older in 02446. More recent data was not available.
Pinpoint’s top-10 list also included two communities each in Chicago and Washington, D.C., as well as individual zip codes in Arlington, VA and Irvine, CA.