Study: 2019’s most and least educated states in America

Pennsylvania ranked at No. 29 most educated state in the country.


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Jess Zaccarelli, Contributor

MOON TOWNSHIP – The personal finance website WalletHub recently released a report of the most and least educated states in America. The website found that the most educated state is Massachusetts, while the least educated state is Mississippi.

In order to calculate which states are the most educated, WalletHub compared all 50 states using 20 key criteria. The study focused on adults aged 25 and older with at least a high school diploma to average statistics such as university quality and the gender gap in educational attainment.

The most educated states according to the WalletHub are:

1. Massachusetts

2. Maryland

3. Vermont

4. Connecticut

5. Colorado

6. Virginia

7. New Hampshire

8. Minnesota

9. Utah

10. Washington

The least educated states according to the study are:

41. Tennessee

42. South Carolina

43. Oklahoma

44. Nevada

45. Kentucky

46. Alabama

47. Arkansas

48. Louisiana

49. West Virginia

50. Mississippi

Notably, Massachusetts has the highest school system rating (25.7 percent), the highest share of bachelor’s degree holders aged 25 and older (42.1 percent), and the second-best average university quality statewide.

Utah has the lowest racial gap in educational attainment, with the share of black adults aged 25 and older holding a bachelor’s degree at 24.11 percent as compared to 23.71 percent for their white counterparts.

Pennsylvania is ranked at No. 29, with a total score of 48.74 out of 100. Pennsylvania’s educational attainment rank is 28 and its quality of education is 22 out of the 50 states.

You can review the full study here.