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Most and least educated states in America

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    Most and least educated states in America

    Each year over 50 million Americans attend public elementary and secondary schools, making our schooling system one of the farthest reaching (and most impactful) government services. And while the debate over alternatives like charter schools rages on, one thing is undebatable - the future of the country lies in our youth, and our ability to educate them.

    As education is an issue handled at the state level, everything from curricula and budgets to graduation requirements vary state-to-state, making “an American education” hard to define.

    To help shine a light on the differential across the country, Stacker looked at WalletHub’s latest rankings on state education levels to put the data into context. WalletHub based their overall ranking on an index derived from two categories - educational attainment, and quality of education. These two categories are further broken down into 15 total metrics, including how many adults in the state hold a high school degree or various college degrees.

    So where does your state stack up? Read on to see the most educated states in America.

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    #50. Mississippi

    Total score: 21.06
    "Educational attainment" rank: 49
    "Quality of education" rank: 50

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    #49. West Virginia

    Total score: 21.71
    "Educational attainment" rank: 50
    "Quality of education" rank: 42

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    #48. Louisiana

    Total score: 22.96
    "Educational attainment" rank: 48
    "Quality of education" rank: 47

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    #47. Arkansas

    Total score: 27.18
    "Educational attainment" rank: 47
    "Quality of education" rank: 34

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    #46. Alabama

    Total score: 31.33
    "Educational attainment" rank: 45
    "Quality of education" rank: 40

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    #45. Kentucky

    Total score: 31.80
    "Educational attainment" rank: 46
    "Quality of education" rank: 26

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    #44. Nevada

    Total score: 32.84
    "Educational attainment" rank: 44
    "Quality of education" rank: 37

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    #43. Tennessee

    Total score: 35.52
    "Educational attainment" rank: 42
    "Quality of education" rank: 31

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    #42. Oklahoma

    Total score: 35.58
    "Educational attainment" rank: 41
    "Quality of education" rank: 35

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    #41. New Mexico

    Total score: 36.11
    "Educational attainment" rank: 38
    "Quality of education" rank: 49

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    #40. South Carolina

    Total score: 36.52
    "Educational attainment" rank: 39
    "Quality of education" rank: 45

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    #39. Texas

    Total score: 39.11
    "Educational attainment" rank: 43
    "Quality of education" rank: 15

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    #38. Indiana

    Total score: 40.74
    "Educational attainment" rank: 40
    "Quality of education" rank: 17

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    #37. Idaho

    Total score: 42.97
    "Educational attainment" rank: 30
    "Quality of education" rank: 46

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    #36. Arizona

    Total score: 43.43
    "Educational attainment" rank: 32
    "Quality of education" rank: 38

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    #35. Ohio

    Total score: 45.17
    "Educational attainment" rank: 34
    "Quality of education" rank: 24

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    #34. South Dakota

    Total score: 45.40
    "Educational attainment" rank: 28
    "Quality of education" rank: 41

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    #33. Georgia

    Total score: 45.46
    "Educational attainment" rank: 35
    "Quality of education" rank: 22

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    #32. Missouri

    Total score: 46.18
    "Educational attainment" rank: 31
    "Quality of education" rank: 28

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    #31. North Carolina

    Total score: 46.53
    "Educational attainment" rank: 33
    "Quality of education" rank: 21

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    #30. Pennsylvania

    Total score: 47.71
    "Educational attainment" rank: 29
    "Quality of education" rank: 25

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    #29. Florida

    Total score: 48.42
    "Educational attainment" rank: 37
    "Quality of education" rank: 7

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    #28. Michigan

    Total score: 48.50
    "Educational attainment" rank: 26
    "Quality of education" rank: 33

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    #27. Wyoming

    Total score: 48.56
    "Educational attainment" rank: 23
    "Quality of education" rank: 43

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    #26. California

    Total score: 50.28
    "Educational attainment" rank: 36
    "Quality of education" rank: 4

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    #25. Alaska

    Total score: 50.78
    "Educational attainment" rank: 14
    "Quality of education" rank: 48

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    #24. Iowa

    Total score: 50.92
    "Educational attainment" rank: 27
    "Quality of education" rank: 18

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    #23. Rhode Island

    Total score: 52.16
    "Educational attainment" rank: 21
    "Quality of education" rank: 27

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    #22. Maine

    Total score: 52.45
    "Educational attainment" rank: 20
    "Quality of education" rank: 29

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    #21. Nebraska

    Total score: 52.53
    "Educational attainment" rank: 19
    "Quality of education" rank: 30

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    #20. Kansas

    Total score: 52.83
    "Educational attainment" rank: 15
    "Quality of education" rank: 44

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    #19. Wisconsin

    Total score: 53.28
    "Educational attainment" rank: 25
    "Quality of education" rank: 12

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    #18. North Dakota

    Total score: 53.29
    "Educational attainment" rank: 22
    "Quality of education" rank: 20

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    #17. Hawaii

    Total score: 54.19
    "Educational attainment" rank: 16
    "Quality of education" rank: 36

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    #16. Montana

    Total score: 55.39
    "Educational attainment" rank: 13
    "Quality of education" rank: 32

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    #15. Oregon

    Total score: 55.77
    "Educational attainment" rank: 12
    "Quality of education" rank: 39

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    #14. Delaware

    Total score: 56.08
    "Educational attainment" rank: 24
    "Quality of education" rank: 6

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    #13. Illinois

    Total score: 56.89
    "Educational attainment" rank: 17
    "Quality of education" rank: 19

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    #12. New York

    Total score: 57.44
    "Educational attainment" rank: 18
    "Quality of education" rank: 16

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    #11. Utah

    Total score: 64.58
    "Educational attainment" rank: 11
    "Quality of education" rank: 8

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    #10. New Jersey

    Total score: 64.60
    "Educational attainment" rank: 10
    "Quality of education" rank: 10

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    #9. Washington

    Total score: 64.86
    "Educational attainment" rank: 9
    "Quality of education" rank: 11

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    #8. Minnesota

    Total score: 66.28
    "Educational attainment" rank: 8
    "Quality of education" rank: 14

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    #7. New Hampshire

    Total score: 68.28
    "Educational attainment" rank: 5
    "Quality of education" rank: 13

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    #6. Virginia

    Total score: 69.37
    "Educational attainment" rank: 7
    "Quality of education" rank: 5

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    #5. Colorado

    Total score: 70.17
    "Educational attainment" rank: 2
    "Quality of education" rank: 23

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    #4. Vermont

    Total score: 71.14
    "Educational attainment" rank: 6
    "Quality of education" rank: 3

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    #3. Connecticut

    Total score: 71.90
    "Educational attainment" rank: 4
    "Quality of education" rank: 9

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    #2. Maryland

    Total score: 76.54
    "Educational attainment" rank: 3
    "Quality of education" rank: 2

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    #1. Massachusetts

    Total score: 81.92
    "Educational attainment" rank: 1
    "Quality of education" rank: 1

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