List of U.S. states by educational attainment

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This article presents a list of U.S. states sorted by educational attainment. The list figures do include disparities among the states.

2009 percentage of population 25 years old with a High School diploma or higher; with Bachelor's Degree or Higher; with an Advanced Degree (Master's, Doctorate, etc.):[1]

State  % H.S. Graduate Rank  % Bachelor's Degree Rank  % Advanced Degree Rank
Indiana 91.8% 1 23.8% 40 7.9% 39
Minnesota 91.5% 2 31.5% 10 10.3% 17
Alaska 91.4% 3 26.6% 24 9.0% 27
New Hampshire 91.3% 4 32.0% 9 11.2% 12
Vermont 91.0% 5 33.1% 7 13.3% 6
Montana 90.8% 6 27.4% 21 8.3% 36
Iowa 90.5% 7 25.1% 34 7.4% 43
Hawaii 90.4% 8 29.6% 15 9.9% 21
Utah 90.4% 9 28.5% 19 9.1% 26
Maine 90.2% 10 26.9% 23 9.6% 22
North Dakota 90.1% 11 25.8% 27 6.7% 48
South Dakota 89.9% 12 25.1% 35 7.3% 45
Nebraska 89.8% 13 27.4% 22 8.8% 29
Wisconsin 89.8% 14 25.7% 28 8.4% 35
Kansas 89.7% 15 29.5% 16 10.2% 18
Washington 89.7% 16 31.0% 11 11.1% 13
Colorado 89.3% 17 35.9% 2 12.7% 8
Oregon 89.1% 18 29.2% 17 10.4% 16
Massachusetts 89.0% 19 38.2% 1 16.4% 1
Connecticut 88.6% 20 35.6% 4 15.5% 3
Idaho 88.4% 21 23.9% 39 7.5% 42
Maryland 88.2% 22 35.7% 3 16.0% 2
Michigan 87.9% 23 24.6% 36 9.4% 24
Pennsylvania 87.9% 24 26.4% 26 10.2% 19
Ohio 87.6% 25 24.1% 38 8.8% 31
Delaware 87.4% 26 28.7% 18 11.4% 11
New Jersey 87.4% 27 34.5% 5 12.9% 7
District of Columbia 87.1% 48.5% 28.0%
Missouri 86.8% 28 25.2% 33 9.5% 23
Indiana 86.6% 29 22.5% 43 8.1% 37
Virginia 86.6% 30 34.0% 6 14.1% 4
Illinois 86.4% 31 30.6% 12 11.7% 9
Oklahoma 85.6% 32 22.7% 42 7.4% 44
United States 85.3% 27.9% 10.3%
Florida 85.3% 33 25.3% 31 9.0% 28
New York 84.7% 34 32.4% 8 14.0% 5
Rhode Island 84.7% 35 30.5% 13 11.7% 10
North Carolina 84.3% 36 26.5% 25 8.8% 30
Arizona 84.2% 37 25.6% 29 9.3% 25
Georgia 83.9% 38 27.5% 20 9.9% 20
Nevada 83.9% 39 21.8% 45 7.6% 41
South Carolina 83.6% 40 24.3% 37 8.4% 34
Tennessee 83.1% 41 23.0% 41 7.9% 38
New Mexico 82.8% 42 25.3% 32 10.4% 15
West Virginia 82.8% 43 17.3% 50 6.7% 49
Arkansas 82.4% 44 18.9% 49 6.1% 50
Louisiana 82.2% 45 21.4% 46 6.9% 47
Alabama 82.1% 46 22.0% 44 7.7% 40
Kentucky 81.7% 47 21.0% 47 8.5% 32
California 80.6% 48 29.9% 14 10.7% 14
Mississippi 80.4% 49 19.6% 48 7.1% 46
Texas 79.9% 50 25.5% 30 8.5% 33

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