Major Metropolitan Areas Prime for Distance Education

January 9, 2007

Although online learning is often perceived as a medium to overcome geographic barriers, residents of major metropolitan centres are actually the biggest market. Despite the variety of campus-based alternatives,'s list of the top 10 cities for online learning includes the largest metropolitan areas in the US. On a per capita basis, cities with military bases appear to be the most fertile ground for distance education. At the close of 2005, it was estimated that fully 7% of all PSE enrollments were in online programs. eLearners media release