With many students continuing their education remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic and BLS data showing a correlation between higher education levels, higher income and lower unemployment rates, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2021’s Most & Least Educated States in America, as well as accompanying videos.

In order to determine the most educated states, WalletHub compared all 50 states across 18 metrics that examined the key factors of a well-educated population: educational attainment, school quality and achievement gaps between genders and races.

Most Educated States Least Educated States
1. Massachusetts 41. New Mexico
2. Maryland 42. South Carolina
3. Connecticut 43. Nevada
4. Vermont 44. Oklahoma
5. Colorado 45. Kentucky
6. Virginia 46. Alabama
7. New Jersey 47. Arkansas
8. New Hampshire 48. Louisiana
9. Minnesota 49. Mississippi
10. Washington 50. West Virginia

Key Stats

  • Massachusetts has the highest school system rating, 21.70 percent, which is 18.1 times higher than in Montana, the state with one of the lowest at 1.20 percent.
  • Massachusetts has the highest share of bachelor’s degree holders aged 25 and older, 43.70 percent, which is 2.1 times higher than in West Virginia, the state with the lowest at 20.60 percent.
  • Maine has the lowest racial gap in educational attainment, with the share of black people aged 25 and older holding a bachelor’s degree at 27.47 percent compared to 20.76 percent for their white counterparts, a difference of 6.72 percent favoring black people.

To view the full report and your state’s rank, please visit:

Please let me know if you have any questions or if you would like to schedule a phone, Skype or in-studio interview with one of our experts. Feel free to embed this YouTube video summarizing the study on your website. You can also use or edit these raw files as you see fit. Full data sets for specific states are also available upon request.

Diana Polk
WalletHub Communications Manager
(202) 684-6386

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