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Most and least educated states in America

  • Most and least educated states in America
    1/ Kane5187 // Wikicommons

    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.

  • #50. Mississippi
    2/ GoodFreePhotos

    #50. Mississippi

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

  • #49. West Virginia
    3/ GoodFreePhotos

    #49. West Virginia

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

  • #48. Louisiana
    4/ Pxhere

    #48. Louisiana

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

  • #47. Arkansas
    5/ Wikipedia

    #47. Arkansas

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

  • #46. Alabama
    6/ Max Pixel

    #46. Alabama

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

  • #45. Kentucky
    7/ Max Pixel

    #45. Kentucky

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

  • #44. Nevada
    8/ GoodFreePhotos

    #44. Nevada

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

  • #43. Tennessee
    9/ GoodFreePhotos

    #43. Tennessee

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

  • #42. Oklahoma
    10/ Nicholas A. Tonelli // Flickr

    #42. Oklahoma

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

  • #41. New Mexico
    11/ Thomas Shahan // Wikicommons

    #41. New Mexico

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

  • #40. South Carolina
    12/ Max Pixel

    #40. South Carolina

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

  • #39. Texas
    13/ Max Pixel

    #39. Texas

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

  • #38. Indiana
    14/ Max Pixel

    #38. Indiana

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

  • #37. Idaho
    15/ Wikipedia

    #37. Idaho

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

  • #36. Arizona
    16/ GoodFreePhotos

    #36. Arizona

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

  • #35. Ohio
    17/ Max Pixel

    #35. Ohio

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

  • #34. South Dakota
    18/ GoodFreePhotos

    #34. South Dakota

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

  • #33. Georgia
    19/ PxHere

    #33. Georgia

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

  • #32. Missouri
    20/ Pixabay

    #32. Missouri

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

  • #31. North Carolina
    21/ Public Domain Pictures

    #31. North Carolina

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

  • #30. Pennsylvania
    22/ Nicholas // Wikicommons

    #30. Pennsylvania

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

  • #29. Florida
    23/ Max Pixel

    #29. Florida

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

  • #28. Michigan
    24/ Max Pixel

    #28. Michigan

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

  • #27. Wyoming
    25/ Larry Johnson // Wikicommons

    #27. Wyoming

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

  • #26. California
    26/ Max Pixel

    #26. California

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

  • #25. Alaska
    27/ Max Pixel

    #25. Alaska

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

  • #24. Iowa
    28/ Max Pixel

    #24. Iowa

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

  • #23. Rhode Island
    29/ Public Domain Pictures

    #23. Rhode Island

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

  • #22. Maine
    30/ Jubileejourney // Wikicommons

    #22. Maine

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

  • #21. Nebraska
    31/ Pixabay

    #21. Nebraska

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

  • #20. Kansas
    32/ Doug Kerr // Flickr

    #20. Kansas

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

  • #19. Wisconsin
    33/ GoodFreePhotos

    #19. Wisconsin

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

  • #18. North Dakota
    34/ USFWS Mountain-Prairie // Flickr

    #18. North Dakota

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

  • #17. Hawaii
    35/ Anthony Quintano // Flickr

    #17. Hawaii

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

  • #16. Montana
    36/ Wikipedia

    #16. Montana

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

  • #15. Oregon
    37/ Pixabay

    #15. Oregon

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

  • #14. Delaware
    38/ IIP Photo Archive // Flickr

    #14. Delaware

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

  • #13. Illinois
    39/ GoodFreePhotos

    #13. Illinois

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

  • #12. New York
    40/ Pixabay

    #12. New York

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

  • #11. Utah
    41/ Wolfgang Staudt // Wikicommons

    #11. Utah

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

  • #10. New Jersey
    42/ GoodFreePhotos

    #10. New Jersey

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

  • #9. Washington
    43/ Roman Eugeniusz // Wikimedia Commons

    #9. Washington

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

  • #8. Minnesota
    44/ Pixabay

    #8. Minnesota

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

  • #7. New Hampshire
    45/ Pixabay

    #7. New Hampshire

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

  • #6. Virginia
    46/ Pixabay

    #6. Virginia

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

  • #5. Colorado
    47/ Pixabay

    #5. Colorado

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

  • #4. Vermont
    48/ Public Domain Pictures

    #4. Vermont

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

  • #3. Connecticut
    49/ Pixabay

    #3. Connecticut

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

  • #2. Maryland
    50/ GoodFreePhotos

    #2. Maryland

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

  • #1. Massachusetts
    51/ Max Pixel

    #1. Massachusetts

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

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