The most and least educated U.S. states

The most and least educated U.S. states

Source: Business Insider

WalletHub compared the 50 U.S. states across two dimensions including 11 metrics on educational attainment, quality of education, and attainment gap.



Highest % of high-school diploma holders: Montana, Minnesota, Wyoming, New Hampshire, Alaska.

Lowest % of high-school diploma holders: California, Texas Mississippi, Louisiana, New Mexico.

Highest % of associate’s degree or college-experienced adults: Colorado, Utah, Washington, Minnesota, Oregon.

Lowest % of associate’s degree or college-experienced adults: West Virginia, Louisiana, Arkansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts.

Highest % of bachelor’s degree holders: Massachusetts, Colorado, Maryland, Connecticut, New Jersey.

Lowest % of bachelor’s degree holders: West Virginia, Massachusetts, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana.

Highest % of graduate or professional degree holders: Massachusetts, Maryland, Connecticut, Virginia, New York.

Lowest % of graduate or professional degree holders: West Virginia, Massachusetts, Nevada, Arkansas, Louisiana.

Highest average university quality: New Hampshire, Georgia, Maryland, Delaware, Connecticut.

Lowest average university quality: Montana, South Dakota, Alaska, New Mexico, Nevada.

Lowest racial gap in educational attainment: North Dakota, New Mexico, Oregon, Maine, Kentucky.

Highest racial gap in educational attainment: Minnesota, Alaska, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Kansas.

Lowest gender gap in educational attainment: North Dakota, Alaska, Vermont, South Dakota, Maine.

Highest gender gap in educational attainment: Rhode Island, South Carolina, New York, Arizona, Connecticut

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