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WalletHub set out to find which states are the most educated and Maryland and Virginia both scored in the top 10. (Image: Thinkstock).

Maryland and Virginia rank in top 10 most educated states in America

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:

  1. Massachusetts
  2. Maryland
  3. Colorado
  4. Connecticut
  5. Vermont
  6. New Hampshire
  7. Virginia
  8. Minnesota
  9. Washington
  10. New Jersey

For more information and the entire list of most to least educated states, visit WalletHub's blog post!

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