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The most and least educated states in the US

Pixaby via MGN Online

WASHINGTON (SBG) – Thinking about skipping class? You might want to reconsider because more education is associated with higher earnings according to the National Center for Education Statistics. From 2000 through 2016 this was a consistent pattern for young adults ages 25-34 who had full-time jobs.

Wallet Hub compared all 50 states using 20 metrics such as quality of school system, public high school graduation rate, the share of adults aged 25 and older with at least a high school diploma, and racial gap in educational attainment.

Massachusetts took the overall top spot as the most educated state that also ranks the best in quality of education. The Bay State also has the highest share of bachelor's degree holders aged 25 and older with 42.10 percent. It leads the country in highest percentage of graduate or professional-degree holders. Mississippi is the least educated state and has the lowest percentage of associate's degree holders or college-experienced adults.

However, Utah has the lowest racial gap in educational achievement. The share of blacks aged 25 and older holding a bachelor’s degree at 24.11 percent and 23.71 percent for their white counterparts according to WalletHub. The share of blacks aged 25 and older holding a bachelor's degree is 24.11 percent compared to 23.71 for their white counterparts according to Wallet Hub.

If you are considering colleges, California, Massachusetts, Utah, Rhode Island and New York have the highest average university quality while Oregon, Colorado, Kentucky, Montana, and South Dakota are among the lowest in quality.

Here is a list of the most and least educated states in the United States.

Most Educated States

1. Massachusetts (Best)

2. Maryland

3. Vermont

4. Connecticut

5. Colorado

6. Virginia

7. New Hampshire

8. Minnesota

9. Utah

10 Washington

Least educated States

1. Tennessee

2. South Carolina

3. Oklahoma

4. Nevada

5. Kentucky

6. Alabama

7. Arkansas

8. Louisiana

9. West Virginia

10. Mississippi (Worst)

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