The most educated states in America, 2021

Feb. 22, 2021
An analysis by the WalletHub website finds that Massachusetts is the state with the most educated populace.

Massachusetts has again ranked as the most educated of the 50 states, according to an analysis by the website WalletHub.

The site's "2021's Most & Least Educated States in America" compiled the rankings after looking at two key dimensions in each state—educational attainment and quality of education.

The dimensions were further broken out into 18 relevant metrics, such as "people 25 and older with a high school diploma;" quality of public school systems and universities; and public high school graduate rate.

On a 100-point scale, Massachusetts received 81.54, just slightly lower than the 81.84 score it received as the top score in the 2020 rankings.

The 10 states with the highest scores are the same as the ones on the 2020 list, but the order has been shuffled.

Here are the 10 states that WalletHub ranked as the most educated in 2021:

    State                            Score

1 Massachusetts           81.54

2 Maryland                      78.30       

3 Connecticut                 72.50

4 Vermont                       70.19

5 Colorado                      69.28

6 Virginia                         68.52

7 New Jersey                 68.42

8 New Hampshire         67.47

9 Minnesota                   65.73

10 Washington              64.54

About the Author

Mike Kennedy | Senior Editor

Mike Kennedy has been writing about education for American School & University since 1999. He also has reported on schools and other topics for The Chicago Tribune, The Kansas City Star, The Kansas City Times and City News Bureau of Chicago. He is a graduate of Michigan State University.

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