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Rankings Assess Top 10 'Smartest' and 'Dumbest' States

| by Allison Geller

A ranking of the “smartest” and “dumbest” states in America found that Massachusetts contains the most highly educated people, while West Virginia is home to the least.

The controversial ranking, devised by digital financial media company The Street and based off of data from infoplease.com, rates a state’s intelligence based on the percentage of residents with Bachelor’s degrees.

The research found a direct link between a low percentage of Bachelor’s degrees and a high level of poverty. Additionally, the pay gap between men and women who have college degrees and those who do not is getting bigger.

According to The Street’s methodology, the Top 10 Dumbest States of the Union are:

1.   West Virginia – 17.3 % of population with Bachelor’s degrees

2.   Arkansas- 18.9% of population with Bachelor’s degrees

3.   Mississippi- 19.6% of population with Bachelor’s degrees

4.   Kentucky – 21% of population with Bachelor’s degrees

5.   Louisiana – 21.4% of population with Bachelor’s degrees

6.   Nevada – 21.8% of population with Bachelor’s degrees

7.   Alabama – 22% of population with Bachelor’s degrees

8.   Indiana – 22.5% of population with Bachelor’s degrees

9.   Oklahoma – 22.7% of population with Bachelor’s degrees

10.   Tennessee – 23% of population with Bachelor’s degrees

The Top 10 Smartest States are:

1.   Massachusetts – 38.2% of population with Bachelor’s degrees

2.   Colorado- 35.9% of population with Bachelor’s degrees

3.   Maryland – 35.7% of population with Bachelor’s degrees

4.   Connecticut – 35.6% of population with Bachelor’s degrees

5.   New Jersey – 34.5% of population with Bachelor’s degrees

6.   Virginia – 34% of population with Bachelor’s degrees

7.   Vermont – 33.1% of population with Bachelor’s degrees

8.   New York – 32.4% of population with Bachelor’s degrees

9.   New Hampshire – 32% of population with Bachelor’s degrees

10.   Minnesota – 31.5% of population with Bachelor’s degrees

States with better job opportunities tended to make the Top 10 Smartest list, such as Maryland, which boasts the highest median household income in the nation ($70,004). The opposite was true for the “dumbest” states—West Virginia has one of the lowest median incomes in the nation.

Sources: The Street, KFOR