The 10 Most And Least Educated States In The U.S.

We want our families to have as many advantages as we can give them, including making sure our kids have access to the best schools available. Education is an important key for success, with college graduates earning more money over a lifetime than their non-degreed counterparts and having a lower overall risk of unemployment.

But according to a new study by Wallethub, when it comes to education, all is not created equal. Education varies widely by city and state, and where you choose to live could be a factor in your level of education.

The study compared all 50 states across 15 different metrics, basing their findings on statistics on how many adults over the age of 25 have a high school diploma, gender and race gaps, and the average quality of each state’s universities. Each state was given an overall score, as well as rankings in educational attainment and quality of education.

“Educational attainment” rankings were based on levels of education for adults 25 and older, including data on adults who had a high school diploma, those with some college and those with graduate or professional degrees.

“Quality of education” rankings were determined by the quality of the school systems and universities, NAEP math and reading test scores, and high school and college graduation rates.

Without further ado, here are the 10 most and least educated states in the U.S.