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With tuition increasing and the gap between public and private education widening, new families are starting to become more strategic about where they locate to ensure their child receives the best education possible. But does each state really differ that much educationally? There are many aspects to measuring a school, city or state’s educational merit, which makes this a complex question to answer. In addition, there are many factors – such as a state’s economic environment – that feed into how a state performs educationally. The educational aspect we’re going to look at is college education.
Looking at IQ scores from the 2015 SATs, and the percentage of college graduates in each state (an accumulation of data collected by the Washington Post).
Here’s the following 50 states, ranked by intelligence:
It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what leads to some states ending up with the highest amount of adults with bachelor’s degrees versus not, but one important aspect is educational funding. College enrollment across the United States increases every year, along with tuition. Wealthier states are more likely to have their residents attend college than those who live in less wealthier states and higher college attainment rates are associated with higher income levels because high-paying jobs usually require high levels of education. However, levels of educational funding prove that more educated states spend more on public education than residents who live in less wealthier states. This creates a cycle where sustainable economic environments are both a consequence and precursor to a good education.