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. This table is an estimation based on the responses to the American Community Survey. 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.

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.
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State  % High school graduate Rank  % Bachelor's degree Rank  % Advanced degree Rank
Wyoming 91.8% 1 23.8% 40 7.9% 38
Minnesota 91.7% 2 31.5% 10 10.3% 17
Alaska 91.4% 3 26.6% 24 9.0% 27
New Hampshire 91.3% 5 32.0% 9 11.2% 12
Vermont 91.0% 6 33.1% 7 13.3% 6
Montana 90.8% 7 27.4% 21 8.3% 36
Iowa 91.4% 3 25.1% 34 7.4% 43
Hawaii 90.4% 8 29.6% 15 9.9% 20
Utah 90.4% 8 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% 34 7.3% 45
Nebraska 89.8% 13 27.4% 21 8.8% 29
Wisconsin 89.8% 13 25.7% 28 8.4% 34
Kansas 89.7% 15 29.5% 16 10.2% 18
Washington 89.7% 15 31.0% 11 11.1% 13
Colorado 89.3% 17 35.9% 3 12.7% 8
Oregon 89.1% 18 29.2% 17 10.4% 15
Massachusetts 89.0% 19 38.2% 1 16.4% 1
Maryland 89.0% 19 37.3% 2 16.0% 2
Connecticut 88.6% 21 35.6% 4 15.5% 3
Idaho 88.4% 22 23.9% 39 7.5% 42
Michigan 87.9% 23 24.6% 36 9.4% 24
Pennsylvania 87.9% 23 26.4% 26 10.2% 18
Ohio 87.6% 25 24.1% 38 8.8% 29
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% 29 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% 43
United States 85.3% 27.9% 10.3%
Florida 85.3% 33 25.3% 31 9.0% 27
New York 84.7% 34 32.4% 8 14.0% 5
Rhode Island 84.7% 34 30.5% 13 11.7% 9
North Carolina 84.3% 36 26.5% 25 8.8% 29
Arizona 84.2% 37 25.6% 29 9.3% 25
Georgia 83.9% 38 27.5% 20 9.9% 20
Nevada 83.9% 38 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% 31 10.4% 15
West Virginia 82.8% 42 17.3% 50 6.7% 48
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% 32

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