Roughly 12.8% of adults nationwide above the age of 18 do not have high school diplomas, but in Upstate New York, some of the rates are a lot worse.

The most recent numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau show which towns and cities in Upstate New York have the highest rates of adults without complete high school educations--which can usually lead to poverty. One Central New York school district in the Mohawk Valley made it into the dubious Top 15. Here are the notables in our region, with their respective high school dropout rates:

  • #31 Syracuse (16.6%)
  • #29 Fulton (16.9%)
  • #22 Amsterdam (18.5%)
  • #14 Utica (20.9%)

Only communities with populations that met certain demographic parameters were ranked.