From WalletHub.com:

As a new education secretary takes office to reform America’s schools and with new research showing the positive effects of higher education on earnings over a lifetime, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017′s Most & Least Educated States.

In order to determine where the most educated Americans live, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states across 11 key metrics. The data set ranges from “percentage 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 Oklahoma
2 Maryland 42 Texas
3 Colorado 43 Tennessee
4 Connecticut 44 Alabama
5 Vermont 45 Nevada
6 New Hampshire 46 Kentucky
7 Virginia 47 Arkansas
8 Minnesota 48 Louisiana
9 Washington 49 Mississippi
10 New Jersey 50 West Virginia

Key Stats

  • Massachusetts has the highest share of bachelor’s degree holders aged 25 and older, 40.5 percent, which is 2.1 times higher than in West Virginia, the state with the lowest at 19.1 percent.
  • Massachusetts has the highest percentage of graduate- or professional-degree holders aged 25 and older, 17.7 percent, which is 2.4 times higher than in West Virginia, the state with the lowest at 7.4 percent.
  • Maryland has the highest public-school system rating, 28.9 percent, which is 36.1 times higher than in Nebraska, 0.8 percent.
  • North Dakota has the highest racial gap in educational attainment, with the share of blacks aged 25 and older holding a bachelor’s degree at 29.41 percent and 22.18 percent for their white counterparts, a difference of 7.23 percent favoring blacks.
  • The national average for blacks aged 25 and older holding a bachelor’s degree is 12.77 percent and 19.88 percent for whites with the same attributes.
  • North Dakota has the highest gender gap in educational attainment, with the share of women aged 25 and older holding a bachelor’s degree at 22.22 percent and 17.96 percent for their male counterparts, a difference of 4.26 percent favoring women.
  • The national average for women aged 25 and older holding a bachelor’s degree is 18.68 percent and 18.35 percent for their males with the same attributes.

To view the full report and your state’s rank, please visit:
https://wallethub.com/edu/most-educated-states/31075/

POSTED: 01/24/17 at 9:13 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools