Study shows Texas is 2019’s 12th least educated state in America

With 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 2019’s Most & Least Educated States in America as well as accompanying videos.

In order to determine where the most educated Americans live, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 20 key metrics. 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.

How educated is Texas? (1=Most; 25=Avg.):

49 th – % of High-School Diploma Holders
37 th – % of Associate’s Degree Holders or College-Experienced Adults
29 th – % of Bachelor’s Degree Holders
33 rd – % of Graduate- or Professional-Degree Holders
26 th – Avg. University Quality

For the full report, please visit:
https://wallethub.com/edu/most-educated-states/31075/

For a growing number of Americans, a good education is the ticket to a better future. College opens doors to more career opportunities, higher earnings and new social connections, among other benefits. But how much schooling one receives also matters to some extent. Generally, the higher the level of education one completes, the higher their income potential and the lower their chances of unemployment become.

In this study, WalletHub examined the key factors of a well-educated population: educational attainment, school quality and achievement gaps between genders and races. We compared all 50 states across 20 total metrics grouped into two categories. 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.

Most Educated States

Overall Rank*

State

Total Score

‘Educational Attainment’ Rank

‘Quality of Education’ Rank

1
Massachusetts
80.06
1
1

2
Maryland
73.21
3
4

3
Vermont
70.07
6
5

4
Connecticut
68.22
4
17

5
Colorado
67.97
2
31

6
Virginia
66.98
7
9

7
New Hampshire
66.32
5
20

8
Minnesota
65.57
8
11

9
Utah
64.53
11
6

10
Washington
63.77
9
16

11
New Jersey
62.93
10
10

12
New York
56.73
18
12

13
Oregon
55.71
12
37

14
Hawaii
55.65
13
28

15
Illinois
55.62
17
21

16
Delaware
55.40
23
7

17
Maine
54.91
20
15

18
Montana
53.37
14
41

19
Kansas
53.31
15
38

20
Wisconsin
53.23
24
14

21
Rhode Island
52.95
25
13

22
Nebraska
52.08
19
33

23
North Dakota
52.02
22
23

24
Wyoming
51.25
21
29

25
California
50.03
37
2

26
Iowa
49.69
27
18

27
Alaska
49.19
16
49

28
Florida
48.86
36
3

29
Pennsylvania
48.74
28
22

30
Michigan
48.66
26
35

31
North Carolina
46.03
32
26

32
Ohio
45.08
34
25

33
Georgia
44.96
35
24

34
Missouri
44.50
31
36

35
South Dakota
44.12
29
43

36
Arizona
42.61
33
40

37
Indiana
41.82
40
8

38
Idaho
41.66
30
47

39
Texas
37.12
43
19

40
New Mexico
36.32
38
45

41
Tennessee
35.85
42
32

42
South Carolina
34.77
39
46

43
Oklahoma
34.43
41
39

44
Nevada
33.31
44
34

45
Kentucky
32.15
46
27

46
Alabama
30.23
45
44

47
Arkansas
27.90
47
30

48
Louisiana
22.57
48
48

49
West Virginia
21.02
50
42

50
Mississippi
19.32
49
50

*1=Most Educated

Source: WalletHub

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