Impact of Educational Attainment on Crime in the United States: A Cross-Metropolitan Analysis
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This study seeks to find a relationship between educational attainment of the population aged 18 years and older, and violent and property crime, in 342 metropolitan areas across the United States. While past studies have researched this relation, they have not done so on a metropolitan scale . Regression models were formed using 2015 data obtained from both the US Census Bureau and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) . The simple linear regression model found a negative relationship between educational attainment and crime. The more educated a metropolitan population is, the lower its crime levels. Multiple linear regression analyses found that this correlation holds even as other variables are added to the regression. Although this negative correlation is weak, it is still statistically significant.