Best Educated States In 2017

For a growing number of Americans, a good education is the ticket to a better future. College opens doors to better career opportunities, higher earnings and new social connections, among other benefits. But how much schooling one receives also matters to some extent. Generally, the higher the level of education one attains, the more income potential grows and the lower chances of unemployment become.

In this study, WalletHub’s analysts examined the key determinants of a well-educated population: educational attainment, school quality, and achievement gaps between genders and races. We compared all 50 states across 11 total metrics grouped by category. The data set ranges from “percentage of adults aged 25 and older with at least a high school diploma” to “average university quality” to “gender gap in educational attainment.”

Most Educated States

Overall Rank State Total Score ‘Educational Attainment’ Rank ‘Quality of Education & Attainment Gap’ Rank
1 Massachusetts 80.65 1 6
2 Maryland 77.06 3 4
3 Colorado 74.24 2 26
4 Connecticut 74.17 4 7
5 Vermont 73.89 5 1
6 New Hampshire 71.25 6 3
7 Virginia 68.42 7 11
8 Minnesota 65.83 8 24
9 Washington 63.80 9 31
10 New Jersey 63.21 10 13
11 Utah 62.72 11 12
12 Oregon 58.16 12 27
13 New York 55.82 17 17
14 Kansas 55.62 14 34
15 Hawaii 55.18 13 43
16 Illinois 54.61 18 23
17 Delaware 53.22 24 2
18 Nebraska 53.06 19 22
19 Montana 53.05 15 50
20 Alaska 52.41 16 47
21 Rhode Island 52.19 23 5
22 Maine 51.57 20 29
23 North Dakota 51.28 22 14
24 Wisconsin 49.25 25 15
25 Wyoming 49.01 21 42
26 Iowa 48.55 27 8
27 Michigan 46.89 26 37
28 Pennsylvania 45.21 29 16
29 California 42.60 33 9
30 Arizona 42.58 32 32
31 Missouri 41.79 31 38
32 South Dakota 41.22 28 49
33 Idaho 40.91 30 46
34 Ohio 40.83 34 21
35 Georgia 40.73 36 19
36 North Carolina 40.00 35 33
37 Florida 39.75 37 28
38 Indiana 34.62 40 10
39 New Mexico 34.56 38 45
40 South Carolina 33.56 39 25
41 Oklahoma 31.86 41 20
42 Texas 30.82 42 18
43 Tennessee 28.38 43 39
44 Alabama 26.01 45 30
45 Nevada 24.93 44 48
46 Kentucky 22.98 46 35
47 Arkansas 19.06 47 36
48 Louisiana 16.72 48 41
49 Mississippi 14.46 49 44
50 West Virginia 11.99 50 40

 

Source: WalletHub

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