Massachusetts Earns Top Ranks in Education
Massachusetts is known for many things, Plymouth Rock, championships sports teams, beautiful landscapes from beaches to mountains, and of course some of the best schools in the country. Not only some of the best colleges in the U.S., but some of the best public and private grade and high schools as well, so it doesn't come as a big surprise that we fared pretty well on a recent list of most educated states in the country. How well? How about number 1.
According to WalletHub's list of 2019's Most and Least Educated States, just released today, the Bay State came in at number one in the rankings of Most Education Attained and Quality of Education, with an overall score of 80.06 putting us in the top spot.
In the study, WalletHub, a personal finance website, examined the key factors of a well-educated population including educational attainment, school quality and achievement as well as gaps between genders and races. The data set ranges from share of adults aged 25 and older with at least a high school diploma, to average university quality, to gender gap in educational attainment.
Not only did Massachusetts rank number one overall, but our home state also has the highest percentage of Bachelor Degrees held, as well as the highest percentage of Graduate or Professional Degrees held.
So how did the other states do? Some of our New England neighbors made it to the top as well, with Maryland at number two and Vermont, Connecticut, and Colorado finishing out the top five respectively. On the opposite side of the spectrum, the least educated states went to number 46 Alabama, 47 Arkansas, 48 Louisiana, 49 West Virginia and number 50 Mississippi.
To check out what these analytics mean for the each state, or to view the whole list, visit WalletHub and check out these cool graphics from them below.