2020’s Most & Least Educated States in America – WalletHub Study

With BLS data showing a correlation between higher education levels, higher income and lower unemployment rates, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2020’s Most & Least Educated States in America as well as accompanying videos.

In order to determine where the most educated Americans live, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 18 key metrics. The data set ranges from share 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 Least Educated States
1. Massachusetts 41. Tennessee
2. Maryland 42. New Mexico
3. Colorado 43. Nevada
4. Vermont 44. South Carolina
5. Connecticut 45. Kentucky
6. Virginia 46. Alabama
7. Washington 47. Arkansas
8. New Hampshire 48. Louisiana
9. New Jersey 49. West Virginia
10. Minnesota 50. Mississippi

Key Stats

  • Massachusetts has the highest school system rating, 21.10 percent, which is 16.2 times higher than in Mississippi, the state with one of the lowest at 1.30 percent.
  • Massachusetts has the highest share of bachelor’s degree holders aged 25 and older, 42.90 percent, which is 2.1 times higher than in West Virginia, the state with the lowest at 20.20 percent.
  • Vermont has the lowest racial gap in educational attainment, with the share of blacks aged 25 and older holding a bachelor’s degree at 28.56 percent and 22.83 percent for their white counterparts, a difference of 5.74 percent favoring blacks.

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