List of U.S. states and territories by educational attainment

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This is a list of U.S. states and territories by educational attainment. This article presents a list of the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and the 5 inhabited territories of the United States sorted by educational attainment for persons 25 years of age and older. The list is based on the responses to the 2013-2017 American Community Survey for the 50 states, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico,[1] and based on the 2010 U.S. Census for the other 4 U.S. territories (the latest data available for those 4 territories).[2] [note 1] Educational attainment is lower in the U.S. territories than it is in the states and the District of Columbia. The American Community Survey is a large demographic survey collected throughout the year using mailed questionnaires, telephone interviews, and visits from Census Bureau field representatives to about 3.5 million household addresses annually, regardless of their legal immigration status. The survey does not measure graduation rates from a state's high schools, rather, it measures the percentage of adult residents with a high school diploma.A

Overall, the percent of people with a high school degree (or higher) is highest in Montana (93%), and lowest in the U.S. Virgin Islands (68.9%).[1][2] The percent with a bachelor’s degree or higher is highest in the District of Columbia (56.6%) and lowest in American Samoa (9.9%).[1][2]

List[edit]

State,
federal district,
or territory
% High school graduate
or higher
Rank % Bachelor's degree
or higher
Rank % Advanced degree Rank
 Montana 93.0% 1 30.7% 21 10.1% 33
 New Hampshire 92.8% 2 36.0% 9 13.8% 10
 Minnesota 92.8% 3 34.8% 11 11.8% 18
 Wyoming 92.8% 4 26.7% 41 9.3% 39
 Alaska 92.4% 5 29.0% 28 10.4% 29
  North Dakota 92.3% 6 28.9% 29 7.8% 51
 Vermont 92.3% 7 36.8% 8 15.0% 7
 Maine 92.1% 8 30.3% 23 10.9% 24
 Iowa 91.8% 9 27.7% 36 9.0% 42
 Utah 91.8% 10 32.5% 16 11.0% 23
 Wisconsin 91.7% 11 29.0% 27 9.9% 35
 Hawaii 91.6% 12 32.0% 19 10.8% 25
 South Dakota 91.4% 13 27.8% 35 8.3% 45
 Colorado 91.1% 14 39.4% 3 14.6% 9
 Nebraska 90.9% 15 30.6% 22 10.2% 31
Washington (state) Washington 90.8% 16 34.5% 12 12.7% 14
 Kansas 90.5% 17 32.3% 17 11.7% 20
 District of Columbia 90.3% 18 56.6% 1 32.8% 1
 Massachusetts 90.3% 19 42.1% 2 18.7% 2
 Idaho 90.2% 20 26.8% 40 8.5% 43
 Michigan 90.2% 21 28.1% 34 11.0% 22
 Connecticut 90.2% 22 38.4% 5 17.0% 4
 Oregon 90.2% 23 32.3% 18 12.2% 16
 Pennsylvania 89.9% 24 30.1% 24 11.8% 19
 Maryland 89.8% 25 39.0% 4 18.0% 3
 Ohio 89.8% 26 27.2% 37 10.2% 32
 Delaware 89.3% 27 31.0% 20 12.9% 13
 Missouri 89.2% 28 28.2% 33 10.7% 26
 New Jersey 89.2% 29 38.1% 6 14.7% 8
 Virginia 89.0% 30 37.6% 7 16.1% 5
 Illinois 88.6% 31 33.4% 13 13.0% 12
 Indiana 88.3% 32 25.3% 43 9.2% 40
 Florida 87.6% 33 28.5% 31 10.3% 30
 Oklahoma 87.5% 34 24.8% 45 8.3% 44
 Rhode Island 87.3% 35 33.0% 14 13.1% 11
 United States 87.3% 30.9% 11.8%
 North Carolina 86.9% 36 29.9% 26 10.6% 28
 South Carolina 86.5% 37 27.0% 38 9.8% 36
 Tennessee 86.5% 38 26.1% 42 9.6% 37
 Arizona 86.5% 39 28.4% 32 10.7% 27
Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia 86.3% 40 29.9% 25 11.4% 21
New York (state) New York 86.1% 41 35.3% 10 15.4% 6
 West Virginia 85.9% 42 19.9% 54 7.9% 49
 Nevada 85.8% 43 23.7% 47 8.1% 47
 Arkansas 85.6% 44 22.0% 50 7.9% 50
 Alabama 85.3% 45 24.5% 46 9.1% 41
 Kentucky 85.2% 46 23.2% 49 9.6% 38
 New Mexico 85.0% 47 26.9% 39 11.8% 17
 Louisiana 84.3% 48 23.4% 48 8.1% 46
 Mississippi 83.4% 49 21.3% 51 8.0% 48
 Texas 82.8% 50 28.7% 30 9.9% 34
 California 82.5% 51 32.6% 15 12.2% 15
 Northern Mariana Islands 82.4% 52 20.2% 53 3.7% 55
 American Samoa 82.1% 53 9.9% 56 3.5% 56
 Guam 79.4% 54 20.4% 52 5.2% 54
 Puerto Rico 74.7% 55 24.9% 44 7.1% 53
 U.S. Virgin Islands 68.9% 56 19.2% 55 7.4% 52

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Map of states percentage of population 25 years old with Advanced Degree in 2009. Territories of the United States are not on the map.
Map of states percentage of population 25 years old with bachelor's degree or Higher in 2009. Territories of the United States are not on the map.

Notes[edit]

^A (NB 2017 data)[1]
  1. ^ Data is collected between decennial Census years in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, whereas data for American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands is only collected once every 10 years. Among U.S. territories, only Puerto Rico is part of the American Community Survey program.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Bureau, U.S. Census. "2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2019-03-07.
  2. ^ a b c https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=DEC_10_DPAS_ASDP2&prodType=table
    https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=DEC_10_DPGU_GUDP2&prodType=table/
    https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=DEC_10_DPMP_MPDP2&prodType=table
    https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=DEC_10_DPVI_VIDP2&prodType=table
    American FactFinder. Profile of Selected Social Characteristics: 2010. 2010 American Samoa / Guam / Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands / U.S. Virgin Islands Demographic Profile Data. Retrieved July 3, 2019.

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