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Most (and least) educated states: Where does your state fall?

WalletHub looked at the most (and least) educated states. [AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN FILE PHOTO]
By Gary Dinges gdinges@gatehousemedia.com
Posted: Jan. 21, 2019 1:16 pm Updated: Jan. 21, 2019 1:18 pm

Massachusetts is the most educated state, while Mississippi ranks dead last, according to a list compiled by WalletHub.

The site looked at 20 key metrics to make its rankings, including the percentage of adults with high school diplomas, associate's degrees, bachelor's degrees and graduate degrees.

WalletHub also took the quality of universities in each state into account.  

Education and economic opportunities are deeply connected, Dr. Richard Fossey, a professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, said. That means states with struggling school systems often have lower household incomes and fewer job opportunities.

"If you drive through the rural areas almost anywhere in the Midwest and the South, you can see that the entire rural regions of heartland America have turned into a giant Appalachia — no jobs, poor education, high rates of opioid addiction.

"Frankly, I don't think more spending on education in states like Kansas, Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Indiana, etc. will turn this situation around. The structure of the national economy needs to change so that people in the heartland take part in larger national (and increasingly global) economy."

The top 10 most educated states are:

1. Massachusetts

2. Maryland

3. Vermont

4. Connecticut

5. Colorado

6. Virginia

7. New Hampshire

8. Minnesota

9. Utah

10. Washington

The bottom 10 states are:

41. Tennessee

42. South Carolina

43. Oklahoma

44. Nevada

45. Kentucky

46. Alabama

47. Arkansas

48. Louisiana

49. West Virginia

50. Mississippi

To see the full list, visit WalletHub.com.

 

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