2022’s Most & Least Educated States in America – WalletHub Study

With most colleges resuming in-person learning 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 2022’s Most & Least Educated States in America, as well as accompanying videos and expert commentary.

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. Tennessee
2. Maryland 42. New Mexico
3. Connecticut 43. Nevada
4. Colorado 44. Oklahoma
5. Vermont 45. Kentucky
6. New Jersey 46. Alabama
7. Virginia 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, 21.60 percent, which is 24 times higher than in Mississippi and South Dakota, the states with the lowest at 0.90 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.