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Top 10 Least-Educated U.S. States

Name the states where the lowest percentage of people over 25 have a four year college degree.
Source: American Community Survey, 2011-2015 estimates
Last updated: September 01, 2017
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State
19.2
West Virginia
20.7
Mississippi
21.1
Arkansas
22.3
Kentucky
22.5
Louisiana
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State
23.0
Nevada
23.5
Alabama
24.1
Oklahoma
24.1
Indiana
24.9
Tennessee
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level 58
Jan 18, 2016
I could have sworn I'd typed in Louisiana...oh well.
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level 28
Dec 31, 2017
Me too. I totally typed in West Virginia!
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level 34
Dec 17, 2018
Isn't it funny how all these seem to be Republican states?
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level 60
May 5, 2016
I literally got every single one except for #1.
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level 81
Sep 1, 2017
Yeah, what a difference a "West" makes! Virginia is near the top most-educated states.
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level 59
Dec 31, 2017
Make a separate East Virginia to show further contrast.
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level 55
Jan 1, 2018
Yeah, because a bundle of federal civil servants, politicians and lobbyists live in Virginia. They let West Virginia swim for itself.
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level 60
Jan 2, 2018
West Virginia broke away from Virginia in 1863 over the Civil War and slavery--the mostly mountainous counties in WV had no use for a slave economy and wanted to remain part of the Union.
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level 75
Jan 4, 2018
The biggest geographical contrast in Virginia is between Northern Virginia (the DC suburbs) and the rest of the state. Though politically this area is similar to Richmond and the Virginia Beach area.
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level 70
Sep 1, 2017
Same. Facepalm.
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level 72
Sep 1, 2017
As the line from Casablanca says: "line up the usual suspects". Solid red states except for one purple-ish (Nevada).
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level 62
Sep 3, 2017
I know, right? :P
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level 47
Jan 15, 2018
As Dwight from The Office would say: false. Red has nothing to do with it. Most of these states are red, but most red states are not uneducated. There isn't a single East Coast state or Midwestern state in this list, to illustrate my point, even though the East Coast is generally more and more red the further south you go, and the Midwest is almost entirely red. There isn't a significant difference between the education level of the average New Yorker, for example, than the average North Carolinian or Georgian. The Southern states that were the most devastated by the Civil War have never fully recovered economically, and it's this lack of wealth that has led to a dearth in education (I'm from VA, btw)
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level 61
Jan 10, 2019
What? Indiana is on the list. Most Midwestern states are either blue or swing states with the exception of, wait for it, Indiana. The only state on this list that didn't vote for Trump is Nevada. Per the same study, here's a list of the 10 most educated states by % w/bachelor's degree. Guess which way they voted: 10. Minnesota 9. New York 8. New Hampshire 7. Vermont 6. Virginia 5. New Jersey 4. Connecticut 3. Maryland 2. Colorado 1. Massachusetts. South Carolina, an East Coast state, ranks 39th. Wyoming, a deep red state in the West, ranks 40th; just outside of this bottom 10 list. New York is 9th, Georgia is 24th, NC is 26th. Of the 20 best educated states by this measure, 3 voted for Trump - Kansas at 16, Utah at 15, and Texas at 20th. Of the 20 least educated, only 2 (Nevada and New Mexico, which had large populations turned off by his racism) did not vote for Trump. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._states_by_educational_attainment
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level 54
Jan 25, 2019
Still recovering from the Civil War? Are you serious?
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level 62
Sep 3, 2017
I typed like half the states in the country, and got one. ONE!
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level 42
Dec 31, 2017
Ever heard of the South lol
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level 28
Dec 3, 2017
Just think of red states and you will get 9/10.
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level 41
Dec 31, 2017
Never would have guessed Indiana.
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level 44
Dec 31, 2017
Thanks Indiana, got 9 out of 10 cause of you...
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level 51
Dec 31, 2017
omg what a surprise, republicans
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level 47
Jan 15, 2018
Except that West Virginia, the most uneducated state in the country, has been solid blue for the last 50 years or so.
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level 58
Jan 17, 2018
Where did you get that information from? West Virginia has been a stronghold for Republican presidential candidates since the 2000 Presidential elections. All of West Virginia's house members, as well as the State Governor, are Republicans.
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level 44
Dec 31, 2017
So the Kansas stereotype of uneducated farmers isn't as true as I thought...
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level 57
Dec 31, 2017
yeah, I was surprised about that too. No Kansas or Nebraska!
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level 52
Dec 31, 2017
Kansas + Nebraska Conservative + educated. Think prairie home companion and you're close.
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level 48
Dec 31, 2017
No surprise that 9/10 are red conservative states.
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level 43
Jan 1, 2018
It's the other way around... It's people in the areas left behind, often through no fault of their own, that are more susceptible to the Republican ideology.
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level 48
Jan 2, 2018
I just started typing the stereotypical states where the population is generally disadvantaged. There was an article about Mississippi on the BBC newssite just this week, so that was my first guess.
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level 58
Jan 2, 2018
Love to see how this correlates with per capita spending on education state by state
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level 59
Jan 2, 2018
I'm sure it's entirely coincidence that these also happen to be mainly the country's most religious states as well. Total coincidence.
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level 34
Jan 2, 2018
Pretty sure the Duggars are the reason Arkansas is on the list. They have like 400 kids and none of them go to school.
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level 47
Jan 15, 2018
Quite possibly the most uneducated comment on here...
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level 64
Jan 3, 2018
I think it says something about the gentrification of college campuses that my home state of Indiana is internationally very well-known for its colleges (IU, Purdue, Notre Dame, etc.), yet relatively few of those degrees actually go to Hoosiers. Either that, or in-state students move away once they get a degree, which in that case I wouldn't blame them, LOL.
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level 58
Jan 7, 2018
One of my coworkers (in Chicago) is from Indiana, and he always says Indiana is a "come-from" state, not a "go-to" state.
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level 75
Jan 4, 2018
Italy would rank just between Arkansas and Mississippi.
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level 58
Nov 15, 2018
Amazing to the amount of correlation people will try to apply as causation in this site's comments. Often it more conforms to their information bias.
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level 45
Nov 20, 2018
Disappointed that my state (Oklahoma) is on here.