States with the Highest and Lowest Percentages of College Graduates

diploma-and-capAccording to a recent report by The Lumina Foundation for Education, only 37.9 percent of Americans have earned a college degree. The foundation recommends that 60 percent of Americans should have their college degree by 2025, in order for the U.S. to stay academically competitive with other countries.

However, this 37.9 percent is a national average. There are several states that have a higher-than-average percent of college graduates. Is your state one of them? Check out the list of the 10 states with the highest percentages of college graduates.

1. Massachusetts: 49.6 percent
2. Connecticut: 46.6 percent
3. New Hampshire: 46 percent
4. Colorado: 45.3 percent
5. North Dakota: 45.2 percent
6. Minnesota: 45 percent
7. New Jersey: 44.6 percent
8. Maryland: 43.9 percent
9. New York: 43.7 percent
10. Vermont: 43.6 percent

Congratulations to these over achieving  states! But what about the states at the other end of the spectrum?

Here are the 10 states with the lowest percent of college graduates.

1. West Virginia: 25.6 percent
2. Arkansas: 26.5 percent
3. Louisiana: 27 percent
4. Kentucky: 29.2 percent
5. Mississippi: 29.3 percent
6. Nevada: 30.1 percent
7. Oklahoma: 31.3 percent
8. Tennessee: 31.3 percent
9. Alabama: 31.6 percent
10. Texas: 33.3 percent

Where does your state fall? Are you surprised?
Via The Huffington Post

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One Response to “States with the Highest and Lowest Percentages of College Graduates”

  1. Margaret says:

    I’m not surprised by the states with the fewest college graduates, those are states with low high school graduations rates as well.


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