The 5 Most, Least Educated US States

Mississippi ranks last
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 23, 2018 12:06 PM CST
Updated Jan 27, 2018 12:20 PM CST
The 5 Most, Least Educated US States
High school graduates celebrate at a 2014 commencement ceremony in Roseburg, Ore.   (Michael Sullivan/The News-Review via AP, file)

(Newser) – A good education often brings greater chances of employment as well as higher income potential—two perks that residents of Mississippi and West Virginia might be at a disadvantage of attaining. That’s based on a list of the most and least educated states in the US, compiled by Wallet Hub, which puts those two at the bottom. Here are the top five in each category, with a score out of 100, based on quality of education and the educational attainment of adults 25 and older:

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Most educated (with score out 100):

  1. Massachusetts: 82
  2. Maryland: 76.5
  3. Connecticut: 72
  4. Vermont: 71
  5. Colorado: 70
Least educated:
  1. Mississippi: 21
  2. West Virginia: 22
  3. Louisiana: 23
  4. Arkansas: 27
  5. Alabama: 31
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