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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State rankings of high school and college graduation rates

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)

State Population (25 or older, 2011) High school graduate or higher Rank Bachelor’s degree or higher Rank
Wyoming

364,833

91.9%

1

24.2%

40

Minnesota

3,490,475

91.6%

2

31.8%

11

Alaska

438,805

91.4%

3

27.2%

24

Montana

663,484

91.4%

3

28.2%

20

New Hampshire

901,420

91.2%

5

33.1%

9

Vermont

429,206

91.0%

6

33.8%

8

Utah

1,542,258

90.6%

7

29.6%

17

Iowa

1,999,820

90.3%

8

24.9%

37

Nebraska

1,173,189

90.3%

8

27.8%

22

Maine

934,144

90.2%

10

27.1%

25

Hawaii

915,429

90.1%

11

29.5%

18

North Dakota

435,706

90.0%

12

26.5%

27

South Dakota

525,090

89.8%

13

25.8%

33

Washington

4,436,636

89.8%

13

31.4%

12

Wisconsin

3,771,680

89.8%

13

26.0%

31

Colorado

3,265,425

89.7%

16

36.3%

3

Kansas

1,822,400

89.5%

17

29.7%

16

Massachusetts

4,419,291

88.9%

18

38.7%

2

Oregon

2,579,164

88.9%

18

29.0%

19

Connecticut

2,413,922

88.6%

20

35.7%

5

Idaho

970,727

88.5%

21

24.6%

38

Michigan

6,566,864

88.4%

22

25.3%

36

Maryland

3,828,550

88.2%

23

36.1%

4

Pennsylvania

8,611,136

87.9%

24

26.7%

26

Ohio

7,688,501

87.8%

25

24.5%

39

New Jersey

5,926,262

87.6%

26

35.0%

6

Delaware

595,938

87.4%

27

28.0%

21

District of Columbia

407,576

87.1%

28

50.5%

1

Missouri

3,943,728

86.8%

29

25.4%

34

Illinois

8,405,202

86.6%

30

30.7%

13

Indiana

4,199,481

86.6%

30

22.7%

44

Virginia

5,279,997

86.6%

30

34.4%

7

Oklahoma

2,411,080

85.9%

33

23.0%

42

Florida

12,949,216

85.5%

34

26.0%

31

Arizona

4,087,214

85.2%

35

26.4%

29

New York

12,999,473

84.6%

36

32.5%

10

Rhode Island

708,587

84.3%

37

30.6%

14

Nevada

1,764,861

84.2%

38

22.2%

45

North Carolina

6,229,136

84.1%

39

26.5%

27

Georgia

6,152,481

84.0%

40

27.5%

23

South Carolina

3,031,432

83.6%

41

24.2%

40

Tennessee

4,205,976

83.2%

42

23.0%

42

New Mexico

1,316,741

83.1%

43

25.4%

34

Arkansas

1,904,692

82.7%

44

19.6%

50

West Virginia

1,287,738

82.6%

45

17.6%

51

Alabama

3,138,078

81.9%

46

22.0%

46

Kentucky

2,881,383

81.7%

47

20.6%

48

Louisiana

2,899,261

81.6%

48

21.1%

47

California

23,797,844

80.8%

49

30.2%

15

Texas

15,443,904

80.4%

50

26.1%

30

Mississippi

1,892,687

80.3%

51

19.7%

49

 

 

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Marten purdy

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A extremely competitive high school focused on humanities in Flushing, Queens, and is labeled as one of the “top high schools” in the city. It’s got high SAT scores by students, a 100% graduation rate most years, and near perfect passing rates of state tests.

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