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Study: The Least — And The Most — Educated States In The U.S. In 2020

To see which U.S. states are the worst and best when it comes to education, we looked to a recently released study by WalletHub. Unsurprisingly, topping the list of most educated states is Massachusetts, home to various colleges and universities, including Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Tufts University.

The state ranked number one in both the educational attainment and quality of education categories. Not a surprise but now it’s official

In second place overall, Maryland—which is home to Johns Hopkins University—ranked third in the educational attainment category and second in quality of education. In third place, Colorado ranked second in educational attainment and 22nd in the quality of education.

To determine the rankings, the personal finance website compared all 50 states using 18 key criteria. The study focused on adults aged 25 and older with at least a high school diploma to average statistics such as university quality and the gender gap in educational attainment.

Mississippi was ranked as the least educated state in America. Mississippi ranked No. 50 as the least educated state in the country, with one of the lowest quality of education scores. West Virginia ranked No. 49 and Louisiana ranked No. 48.

Most Educated States In The U.S. In 2020

RankStateEducational AttainmentQuality of EducationScore
1Massachusetts1181.84
2Maryland3276.8
3Colorado22271.24
4Vermont5870.61
5Connecticut4970.47
6Virginia7668.53
7Washington91066.95
8New Hampshire62766.56
9New Jersey10566.28
10Minnesota81865.97
11Utah111164.29
12Illinois171757.66
13New York181656.89
14Oregon124156.2
15Hawaii153456.1
16Wyoming211455.01
17Delaware241254.91
18Maine202854.76
19Montana144054.46
20North Dakota221954.16
21Wisconsin251353.96
22Rhode Island232053.48
23Nebraska193853.19
24Kansas134852.66
25California36352.64
26Alaska164652.18
27Florida37451.04
28Michigan263550.14
29Iowa273149.83
30Pennsylvania282449.29
31North Carolina322647.49
32Missouri313346.85
33Ohio332546.53
34Georgia352146.47
35South Dakota293946.05
36Idaho304543.72
37Indiana40743.57
38Arizona344442.69
39Texas431539.17
40Oklahoma422338.21
41Tennessee413237.78
42New Mexico384737.21
43Nevada443036.18
44South Carolina394936.06
45Kentucky462933.13
46Alabama454331.46
47Arkansas473629.45
48Louisiana484225.45
49West Virginia503723.93
50Mississippi495021.01

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