The most educated states in America, mapped

Marianne Eloise@marianne_eloise
Tuesday 21 January 2020 14:00
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For many people, an expensive education can be the ticket to better career opportunities and higher pay – but it isn’t attainable for all.

Website WalletHub have compiled a set of handy maps and charts that show how educated different states in America are.

Their methodology was pretty intensive, examining what they call “key factors” of a well-educated population: educational attainment, school quality, and achievement gaps between genders and races. Comparing all 50 states, the data set ranges across adults aged 25 and older with at least a high school diploma.

In order to determine the “most” and “least” educated states, they compared them across two key dimensions: educational attainment and quality of education, examined using 18 relevant metrics on a 100-point scale.

It’s pretty complex, and their findings were fascinating. WalletHub found that the top five states were: Massachusetts, Maryland, Colorado, Vermont and Connecticut. The lowest ranking state was Mississippi, which scored just 21.01 on their scale.

The study showed some other pretty interesting findings: despite ranking at number 25 on the scale generally, California ranked highest for university quality. Meanwhile, Massachusetts had the highest number of graduate degree holders.

You can see the fully study (with imagery) here.

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