In 2018, the Tucson Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) posted a four-year educational attainment rate of 31.9%. Tucson ranked seventh when compared to the 12 MSAs explored on the MAP Dashboard. Tucson’s educational attainment rate increased by 5.2 percentage points since 2000 but is losing ground to the U.S. The U.S. educational attainment rate increased 7.1 percentage points during the same time period. Educational attainment is a critical driver of long-run income, job, and population growth for nations, states, and local areas. Regions with a high concentration of educated residents tend to perform better across many socioeconomic indicators, including poverty, unemployment, and crime rates.