Growing up, I was surrounded by smart people. I assumed I was just lucky with the quality of friends and family I had in my life. Turns out, it's the region where I lived -- we are all smarty pants!
WalletHub set out to find which states are the most educated and both Maryland and Virginia scored among the top 10; specifically, Maryland came in at number two and Virginia ranked seventh.
Analysts from Wallethub developed criteria that measured educational attainment, school quality, and achievement gaps between genders and races. More specifically - data set ranges from the “percentage of adults aged 25 and older with at least a high school diploma” to “average university quality” to “gender gap in educational attainment.” Turns out Maryland and Virginia stack up pretty well!
Here's how Maryland compared:
- 23rd – % of High-School Diploma Holders
- 9th– % of Associate's Degree Holders or College-Experienced Adults
- 3rd – % of Bachelor’s Degree Holders
- 2nd – % of Graduate- or Professional-Degree Holders
- 1st – Avg. Quality of uPblic School System
- 3rd – Avg. University Quality
- 18th – Gender Gap in Educational Attainment
Here's how Virginia compared:
- 28th – % of High-School Diploma Holders
- 10th – % of Associate's Degree Holders or College-Experienced Adults
- 6th – % of Bachelor’s Degree Holders
- 4th – % of Graduate- or Professional-Degree Holders
- 11th – Avg. Quality of uPblic School System
- 25th – Avg. University Quality
- 12th – Gender Gap in Educational Attainment
Not too shabby! And for the list of the top 10:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
For more information and the entire list of most to least educated states, visit WalletHub's blog post!