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Massachusetts named ‘most educated state’ in US in new ranking

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

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

This is the second year in a row that Bay State has held the top spot in the personal finance website’s rankings.

“The state has the highest percentage of adults ages 25 and older with at least a bachelor’s degree, at nearly 46 percent, and the highest proportion with an advanced degree or professionals, at almost 21%,” the website said in a statement. the 2024 report.

To compile the ranking, WalletHub considered factors related to educational attainment and quality, including the number of residents with advanced degrees and high school diplomas, the presence of college education free and blue ribbon schools per capita, among other measures.

Massachusetts isn’t the only New England state to score 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 over 25 have at least a high school diploma – “the second highest rate in the country “.

“Green Mountain State also offers equitable education, with the fifth smallest racial gap in baccalaureate attainment,” the website states. “Additionally, Vermont’s universities collectively rank third best in the nation. »

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


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