Not only do we have the highest taxes, but only two States (out of 51—D.C. is counted as a State for statistical purposes) have lower high school graduation rates than California—for the tens of billions we spend, only unions and special interests get the benefits.
We are the 15th highest in college grads—that is a good thing. At least Wendy’s and hotels will have a steady supply of workers thanks to California government schools.
“The District of Columbia, on the other hand, is the only state where more than half of all adults hold bachelor’s degrees (50.5 percent). It’s followed by Massachusetts (38.7 percent), Colorado (36.3 percent) and Maryland (36.1 percent).”
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The Business Journals by G. Scott Thomas, 12/27/12
Wyoming has the highest percentage of high school graduates, while Washington, D.C. has the highest percentage of college graduates.
Which state has the highest percentage of educated adults? It depends on the measurement you use.
The two most common comparisons involve the graduation rates for high schools and colleges, encompassing all adults who are currently 25 or older.
Wyoming leads the high school list, according to new figures from U.S. Census Bureau, while the District of Columbia is No. 1 on the college chart. (D.C. is considered a state for statistical purposes.)
The bureau has just released the five-year version of its 2011 American Community Survey. It found that at least 90 percent of the adults in 12 states have earned high school diplomas, led by Wyoming at 91.9 percent. The runners-up are Minnesota at 91.6 percent and Alaska and Montana at 91.4 percent each.
The District of Columbia, on the other hand, is the only state where more than half of all adults hold bachelor’s degrees (50.5 percent). It’s followed by Massachusetts (38.7 percent), Colorado (36.3 percent) and Maryland (36.1 percent).
The following database contains breakdowns for all 50 states and D.C. Click any column header to re-sort the list. Click again to reverse the sort.
On Numbers posted a similar report two months ago on educational attainment in metropolitan areas.
The new survey indicates that 85.4 percent of all U.S. adults (25 or older) have high school diplomas and 28.2 percent have bachelor’s degrees.
But the figures dip considerably in several states, especially in the South. Mississippi (80.3 percent) and Texas (80.4 percent) bring up the rear in the high school rankings, while West Virginia (17.6 percent) and Arkansas (19.6 percent) are the tailenders on the college side.
STATE EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT (2011)