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Company ranks 10 ‘dumbest,’ ‘smartest’ states across the U.S. based on college grads, poverty lines

Picture by Bailey Woolum

Picture by Bailey Woolum

NEW YORK – A recent article has tackled the controversial topic of the smartest and dumbest states in the Union.

According to TheStreet, organizers looked at each state’s percentage of the population with Bachelor’s degrees to determine how many people are college educated.

The writers say there is a direct correlation between higher education and the poverty line.

According to information from infoplease, men with a BA make 60 percent more than those with a high school diploma.

Also, women with a BA make 56 percent more than those with a lower level of education.

West Virginia is listed as the “dumbest state” with the third lowest median household income in the country and a poverty rate that exceeds its rate of college graduates.

Oklahoma also made the list.

The Sooner State came in at number nine with 22.7 percent of the population consisting of college graduates.

Oklahoma’s poverty rate ranks 35th in the country and has a median household income of $44,312, which is 41st.

The list of the 10 “dumbest states” is as follows:

  1. West Virginia – 17.3 % of population with Bachelor’s degrees
  2. Arkansas- 18.9% of population with Bachelor’s degrees
  3. Mississippi- 19.6% of population with Bachelor’s degrees
  4. Kentucky – 21% of population with Bachelor’s degrees
  5. Louisiana – 21.4% of population with Bachelor’s degrees
  6. Nevada – 21.8% of population with Bachelor’s degrees
  7. Alabama – 22% of population with Bachelor’s degrees
  8. Indiana – 22.5% of population with Bachelor’s degrees
  9. Oklahoma – 22.7% of population with Bachelor’s degrees
  10. Tennessee – 23% of population with Bachelor’s degrees

The 10 “smartest” states is as follows:

  1. Massachusetts – 38.2% of population with Bachelor’s degrees
  2. Colorado- 35.9% of population with Bachelor’s degrees
  3. Maryland – 35.7% of population with Bachelor’s degrees
  4. Connecticut – 35.6% of population with Bachelor’s degrees
  5. New Jersey – 34.5% of population with Bachelor’s degrees
  6. Virginia – 34% of population with Bachelor’s degrees
  7. Vermont – 33.1% of population with Bachelor’s degrees
  8. New York – 32.4% of population with Bachelor’s degrees
  9. New Hampshire – 32% of population with Bachelor’s degrees
  10. Minnesota – 31.5% of population with Bachelor’s degrees