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 for persons 25 years of age and older, based on the responses to the American Community Survey.[1] This 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

List[edit]

State % High school graduate Rank % Bachelor's degree Rank % Advanced degree Rank
New Hampshire 92.9% 2 36.0% 8 13.8% 9
Minnesota 92.7% 3 34.8% 10 11.8% 17
Wyoming 92.8% 4 26.7% 40 9.3% 38
Alaska 92.4% 5 29.0% 27 10.4% 28
North Dakota 92.3% 6 28.9% 28 7.8% 50
Vermont 92.3% 7 36.8% 7 15.0% 6
Maine 92.1% 8 30.3% 22 10.9% 23
Iowa 91.8% 9 27.7% 35 9.0% 41
Utah 91.8% 10 32.5% 15 11.0% 21
Wisconsin 91.7% 11 29.0% 26 9.9% 33
Hawaii 91.6% 12 32.0% 18 10.8% 24
South Dakota 91.4% 13 27.8% 34 8.3% 43
Colorado 91.1% 14 39.4% 2 14.6% 8
Nebraska 90.9% 15 30.6% 21 10.2% 31
Washington 90.8% 16 34.5% 11 12.7% 13
Kansas 90.5% 17 32.3% 16 11.7% 19
District of Columbia 90.3% 56.6% 32.8%
Massachusetts 90.3% 18 42.1% 1 18.7% 1
Idaho 90.2% 19 26.8% 39 8.5% 42
Michigan 90.2% 20 28.1% 33 11.0% 22
Connecticut 90.2% 21 38.4% 4 17.0% 3
Oregon 90.2% 22 32.3% 17 12.2% 14
Pennsylvania 89.9% 23 30.1% 23 11.8% 16
Maryland 89.8% 24 39.0% 3 18.0% 2
Ohio 89.8% 25 27.2% 36 10.2% 30
Delaware 89.3% 26 31.0% 19 12.9% 12
Missouri 89.2% 27 28.2% 32 10.7% 26
New Jersey 89.2% 28 38.1% 5 14.7% 7
Virginia 89.0% 29 37.6% 6 16.1% 4
Illinois 88.6% 30 33.4% 12 13.0% 11
Indiana 88.3% 31 25.3% 42 9.2% 39
Florida 87.6% 32 28.5% 30 10.3% 29
Oklahoma 87.5% 33 24.8% 43 8.3% 44
Rhode Island 87.3% 34 33.0% 13 13.1% 10
United States 87.3% 30.9% 11.8%
North Carolina 86.9% 35 29.9% 25 10.6% 27
South Carolina 86.5% 36 27.0% 37 9.8% 35
Tennessee 86.5% 37 26.1% 41 9.6% 37
Arizona 86.5% 38 28.4% 31 10.7% 25
Georgia 86.3% 39 29.9% 24 11.4% 20
New York 86.1% 40 35.3% 9 15.4% 5
West Virginia 85.9% 41 19.9% 50 7.9% 49
Nevada 85.8% 42 23.7% 45 8.1% 45
Arkansas 85.6% 43 22.0% 48 7.9% 48
Alabama 85.3% 44 24.5% 44 9.1% 40
Kentucky 85.2% 45 23.2% 47 9.6% 36
New Mexico 85.0% 46 26.9% 38 11.8% 18
Louisiana 84.3% 47 23.4% 46 8.1% 46
Mississippi 83.4% 48 21.3% 49 8.0% 47
Montana 82.8% 49 28.7% 29 9.9% 34
Texas 80.0% 49 21.5% 48 7.8% 49
California 79.5% 50 21.0% 50 7.5% 50

Visual[edit]

Map of states percentage of population 25 years old with Advanced Degree in 2009.
Map of states percentage of population 25 years old with bachelor's degree or Higher in 2009.

Notes[edit]

^A (NB 2017 data)[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bureau, U.S. Census. "2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2019-03-07.

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