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The 25 Most Educated States in America, Ranked

#25 Wyoming

The state of Wyoming has a population of approximately 578,759 residents, however only 26.9% of the population over the age of 25 hold a bachelor’s degree or higher.

The median income per capita across the state is about $32,000 and the average cost of a credit hour at a public college is $122.

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#24 North Dakota

In North Dakota, about 29.7% of the population over the age of 25 hold a bachelor’s degree or higher resulting in a median income of approximately $35,000 per capita.

The population of North Dakota is approximately 762,062. Public school is a bit pricey, here, at a cost of $218 per credit hour.

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#23 Wisconsin

Of a population of approximately 5,822,430 people, only 30% of adults in the state hold a bachelor’s degree or higher.

The median income per capita here is approximately $32,000. The cost per credit hour in Wisconsin is an average of $247 per credit hour, putting higher education out of reach for many citizens.

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#22 Delaware

Delaware has a population of around 973,764 with approximately 31.3% of all residents over the age of 25 holding a bachelor’s degree or higher.

The median income per person in the state of Delaware is approximately $34,000 with an average cost of $252 per credit hour, making it difficult for some residents to afford higher education.

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#21 Maine

In Maine, 31.5% of the adult population over the age of 25 holds a bachelor’s degree or higher. With a population of 1,344,212, that leaves approximately 920,000,000 residents without a higher education.

The median income per capita in this state is approximately $31,000. With an average cost of $264 per credit hour, the median income puts a higher education out of reach for many in the state.

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#20 Montana

In Montana, the population stands at approximately 1,068,778 people in the state. Of that number, only 31.7% of the state’s residents over the age of 25 holds a bachelor’s degree or higher.

The median income in Montana, per capita, is roughly $30,000. However, the average credit hour cost in the state is just around $167, making higher education more affordable for residents.

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#19 Nebraska

In Nebraska, 32.4% of the population over the age of 25 holds a bachelor’s degree or higher. With a population of approximately 1,934,408, that leaves more than 1.3 million residents in the state without a higher education.

The median income per capita in the state is around $31,000 per year. Credit hour costs in Nebraska are on average about $192, making higher education affordable for many residents in the state.

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#18 Hawaii

In Hawaii, the population stands at about 1,415,872 residents. Of the state’s residents over the age of 25, 33.5% have acquired a bachelor’s degree or higher.

The median income per capita in Hawaii is approximately $34,000 per year. With credit hours in the state costing an average of $184, higher education is definitely affordable for residents.

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#17 Kansas

In Kansas, the population in 2019 was 2,913,314 with a median income of $31,000 per capita. At last count, of the residents in the state over the age of 25, 33.8% hold a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Throughout the state, the average cost of a college credit hour is around $170. This is more affordable than other states, however, with an average income of $31,000 higher education is out of reach for more residents than others.

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#16 Oregon

The population for the state of Oregon currently stands at 4,217,737 residents. However, only 34% of all adults over the age of 25 in the state currently hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree.

The median income in the state is approximately $32,000 per year with an average credit hour cost of $227, putting higher education out of reach for many residents throughout the state.

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#15 California

California has an approximate population of 39,512,223 residents. However, despite higher education being extremely affordable throughout the state, only 34.2% of all state residents over the age of 25 holds a bachelor’s degree or higher.

The median income per capita in California is about $35,000 per year. With an average college credit hour costing approximately $120, it’s hard to understand why more residents don’t have a bachelor’s degree or higher.

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#14 Rhode Island

In Rhode Island, the population is at approximately 1,059,361 residents, with approximately 34.4% of all residents holding a bachelor’s degree or higher throughout the state.

The median income per capita in Rhode Island is approximately $35,000 per year, however a credit hour in the state costs an average of $334, making higher education almost impossible for some residents to afford.

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#13 Utah

In Utah, the percentage of the population over the age of 25 with a bachelor’s degree or higher is at approximately 34.9 out of a population of 3,205,958 residents.

In this state, the median income per capita is approximately $28,000, which makes the average credit hour cost of $219 unaffordable for many throughout the state.

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#12 Illinois

Illinois has an approximate population of 12,671,821 residents. Of this number, 35.1% of all adults over the age of 25 have a bachelor’s degree or higher.

The median income in Illinois is approximately $34,000. The average credit hour cost throughout the state is currently at $211.

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#11 Minnesota

The current population in the state of Minnesota is at about 5,639,632 residents. Of those residents, 36.7% of the population over the age of 25 has a bachelor’s degree or higher.

In direct correlation to the number of residents in the state with a higher education, the median income per capita is approximately $36,000. The cost of a credit hour, however, is one of the highest in the country at an average of $274.

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#10 Washington

The state of Washington has a large population of about 7,614,893 residents. Of those residents, 36.7% over the age of 25 have a bachelor’s degree or higher.

The median income per capita is in direct correlation with higher education at a rate of approximately $37,000 per year. A credit hour at a higher education institution in Washington costs approximately $220.

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#9 New Hampshire

In New Hampshire, the population is at approximately 1,359,711 residents throughout the state. 36.8% of residents over the age of 25 have a bachelor’s degree or higher.

As a result, the median income per capita throughout the state is approximately $39,000 per year. A credit hour in New Hampshire costs approximately $388 but is more attainable in this state.

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#8 New York

In the state of New York, there are approximately 19,453,561 residents. Approximately 37.2% of the residents over the age of 25 have a bachelor’s degree or higher.

The median income per capita in New York is approximately $37,000 with a college credit hour costing an average of $250.

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#7 Vermont

Vermont, one of the smallest states in the country, has a population of approximately 623,989 people. Of the residents in the state, 38.7% hold a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Throughout the state, the median income per capita is around $33,000. The higher percentage of highly educated residents in Vermont is surprising, considering the cost of one college credit hour throughout the state is an average of $466.

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#6 Virginia

Of the 8,535,519 residents in the state of Virginia, approximately 39.3% of the population over the age of 25 hold a bachelor’s degree or higher.

The median income per capita in Virginia is around $38,000 per year, making the average cost of a credit hour in the state—$283 per credit—highly attainable.

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#5 Connecticut

For a relatively small state, Connecticut has a high population of around 3,565,287 residents. Of this number, 39.6% of the population over the age of 25 has a bachelor’s degree or higher.

The median income per capita throughout the state is approximately $43,000 per year. The average cost of a credit hour across the state is approximately $266.

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#4 New Jersey

In New Jersey, the population currently stands at approximately 8,882,190 residents. Of those residents, roughly 40.8% of the population over the age of 25 hold bachelor’s degrees or higher.

The median income in this state is about $41,000 per capita, making the $311 per credit hour cost expensive, but attainable.

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#3 Maryland

In Maryland, 40.8% of the population over the age of 25 has a bachelor’s degree or higher. That is out of approximately 6,045,680 residents throughout the state.

The median income per capita in Maryland is around $41,000 per capita, which makes the average credit hour cost of $234 highly attainable for most residents of the state.

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#2 Colorado

The second most educated state in the country is Colorado. Out of 5,758,736 residents in the state, approximately 41.7% of adults over the age of 25 have a bachelor’s degree or higher.

The median income throughout Colorado is approximately $36,000 per capita. The average college credit hour at a higher education institution costs approximately $234.

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#1 Massachusetts

Ladies and gentlemen! May we present the most educated state in the country for 2020? That’s right. Massachusetts has approximately 6,892,503 residents and out of that number, about 44.5% of the adults in the state over the age of 25 have a bachelor’s degree or higher.

The median income throughout the state is approximately $42,000 per capita and the average credit hour cost is $287.

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