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Top 10 Most-Educated U.S. States

Name the states where the highest percentage of people over 25 have at least a bachelor's degree
Source: American Community Survey, 2011-2015 estimates
Last updated: September 01, 2017
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State
40.5
Massachusetts
38.1
Colorado
37.9
Maryland
37.6
Connecticut
36.8
New Jersey
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State
36.3
Virginia
36.0
Vermont
34.9
New Hampshire
34.2
New York
33.7
Minnesota
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level 57
Nov 5, 2015
I'm glad to be in the top 20!
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level 57
Nov 9, 2015
Texas should be here. It would be interesting if we could have "Best Educated Cities Quiz". or do we have it already?
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level 77
Nov 16, 2015
No. Texas just misses being in the bottom 20, coming in at #29 nationally.
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level ∞
Sep 1, 2017
https://www.jetpunk.com/quizzes/americas-smartest-cities-quiz
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level 58
May 5, 2016
Couldn't help but notice a vast majority of blue states on this quiz. Hmmm........
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level 69
Sep 1, 2017
Most educated doesn't mean the smartest.
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level 76
Sep 1, 2017
True, just means knows the most.
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level 60
Dec 3, 2017
It usually does in Estonia. And yet, some Estonians complain that our education is too fact-based. American schools must be terrible if they don't teach children (and young people) how to put their knowledge to good use.
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level 58
Dec 4, 2017
Or it could mean "spends the most".
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level 43
Dec 5, 2017
Do tell how you would quantify which is the smartest then?
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level 76
Sep 1, 2017
The parallel quiz (Least Educated) consists of 9 red states and Nevada.
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level 70
Sep 8, 2017
Interesting how the Republicans are an odd coalition of the poor uneducated, and the super-wealthy.
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level ∞
Dec 3, 2017
Both Republicans and Democrats rely on large donations from the super wealthy:

https://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/07/opinion/how-did-the-democrats-become-favorites-of-the-rich.html

If I had to guess, I would guess that most people with a high net worth vote Democratic.
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level 53
Dec 3, 2017
coming from a supporter of the democrats, this is probably mostly due to the fact that red states tend to be the more rural ones, which also causes less people to live close to a college or need a degree to continue the work of their family
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level 74
Dec 3, 2017
Being rural doesn't mean we're uneducated.The old romantic notion of farm families working together on the farm is fast coming to an end, unfortunately. There are only around three million farmers left in the USA, less than two percent of the whole population works in ag-related jobs, and most farmers have ag degrees - at least the ones I know. I live in a red state, on a farm, and all five of our family members had no problem getting a college degree. The real problem is finding jobs, and those who get degrees often move to cities where jobs and services are better. It's difficult to get decent healthcare, internet, or phone service here. Our kids used to tell their friends we live so far out in the boonies that we get Saturday Night Live on Tuesday. We live on a Century Farm, but not one of our children became farmers so the farming line will probably end with us, and our farm will some day become a subdivision, unless one of our grandchildren decides to pursue the life.
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level 74
Dec 3, 2017
I don't understand all the stereotypes that go along with red and blue states. People seem to think that everyone in a red state is conservative and everyone in a blue state is liberal, and their colors never change. I've yet to see a state that voted 100% one way. Most states are fairly evenly balanced and only a specific area, a key social issue, or creative gerrymandering makes the state lean one way or another. Anyone who's worked on national campaigns knows that often many states don't get campaign funds or candidate visits because the candidates are working on a formula to get the key states they want and don't worry about losing the others. They put all their resources into their key states. As we've seen, that strategy doesn't always work and it certainly does nothing to turn a state a different color in the future.
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level 69
Dec 4, 2017
Jerry is referring to voter base, not donations. Which is indeed an odd combination, considering the new tax bill the Senate just passed.
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level 62
Sep 1, 2017
It's better than least educated, which are all... another colour.
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level 69
Sep 4, 2017
Many of the most educated people I know are the stupidest people I know. Being able to memorize information from books is only evidence of a good memory -- it's not indicative of knowing what to do with that information.
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level 66
Dec 3, 2017
I don't know how that works in the US, but normally you shouldn't get a bachelor's degree by just memorizing information.
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level 53
Dec 3, 2017
Yup. Those brilliant PhD's gave us The Great Recession.
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level 78
Dec 5, 2017
I don't think you know how higher education works.
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level 53
Dec 3, 2017
Uh, Dumbya is a grad of Yale. The End.
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level 68
Dec 3, 2017
Blue states have good education systems, but most of them have struggling economies, especially my state of CT.
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level 53
Dec 3, 2017
Because blue states are thought of as smart, people build universities and colleges there. Because there are more universities and colleges in blue states, intelligent people tend to move there during that phase of their life. Because moving takes a lot of work, people tend to remain in those states or areas for a good while during and after their college education. Hence, the idea that blue states are smart is the primary progenitor of blue states being smart.
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level 73
Dec 4, 2017
That's ridiculous.
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level 53
Dec 4, 2017
Nice response, kal. Really clarifies why I'm wrong. Put me in my place. I surrender.
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level 46
Dec 3, 2017
Interesting corolation between the states that are ‘most educated’ and the states that voted for Hillary Clinton...
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level 45
Dec 3, 2017
Democratic support correlates with college degrees. College students are far more likely to vote for Clinton.
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level 45
Dec 3, 2017
My Colorado teacher taught me that we were all fish in the beginning, then a couple of fish had a baby and that baby was different so it got to live and then that fish crawled out of the ocean with its mutant fish hands and made a frog squirrel that then had a baby and made a monkey fish frog and then that made me. So happy to be from the 2nd best educated state :)
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level 56
Dec 3, 2017
I want what he's smoking
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level 58
Dec 3, 2017
Got all except NJ. I did not see that one coming after living in Philadelphia 10 years.
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level 41
Dec 3, 2017
COLORADO!
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level 67
Dec 4, 2017
Of course... everyone had to make this into a political debate. I go here to take entertaining quizzes and get away from the turmoil and politics seen elsewhere. Ugh
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level 43
Jan 1, 2018
Lots of Republican excuse making in the comment sections for this and the quiz for the 10 least educated states.
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level ∞
Jun 15, 2018
If you want a different perspective, check out the people bashing Democrats on this quiz. In both this quiz and the other quiz, the criticism is unfair. You can't reduce complex socioeconomic circumstances to whatever political party happens to be in charge.
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level 39
Jun 15, 2018
We have gone from a system which focused on "Liberal Arts" during the first years of University (concentrating on our major in the final years) to a system that bombards us with our chosen major (as if indeed, we can seriously commit to one at the age of 17 or 18) from the moment we walk into our first college "orientation". As a result, we have spawned a generation of college graduates who, rather than having an appreciation of the Arts and Literature know everything there is to know of a narrow field (their major course of study) and nothing about anything else!. Progress? or the dumbing down of a nation?
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level ∞
Jun 15, 2018
Don't worry, it doesn't matter what students study in college, since college students barely study and don't learn. I am inclined to agree with people who say that most universities are diploma mills. But that's okay. College is still a fun and fulfilling experience for those who have the privilege of attending. It also allows employers to choose people who they know are capable of jumping through hoops and living independently.
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level 39
Sep 4, 2018
Quite surprised by Colorado