Massachusetts named ‘most educated’ state in U.S. in new ranking

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The Bay State isn’t the only New England state that fared well in the report.

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Massachusetts is the “most educated” state in the nation, according to a new report from WalletHub.

It is the second year in a row that the Bay State has claimed the top spot in the rankings from the personal finance website. 

“The state has the highest percentage of adults ages 25 and older with at least a Bachelor’s degree, at nearly 46%, and the highest share who have a graduate or professional degree, at nearly 21%,” the website said in a statement on the 2024 report. 

To put together the rankings, WalletHub considered factors related to educational attainment and quality of education, including number of residents with higher degrees and high school diplomas, the presence of free community college education, and blue ribbon schools per capita, among other metrics. 

Massachusetts isn’t the only New England state that fared well in the report. Vermont was ranked second in the nation. 

According to WalletHub, nearly 42% of Vermont residents over the age of 25 have at least a Bachelor’s degree and more than 94% of those older than 25 have at least a high school diploma — “the second-highest rate in the country.”

“The Green Mountain State also provides equitable education, with the fifth-smallest racial gap in Bachelor’s degree attainment,” the website said. “In addition, Vermont’s universities collectively rank as the third-best in the nation.”

Meanwhile, Connecticut came in at No. 4 and New Hampshire at No. 8.

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