Of The Ten Least Educated States In The U.S., Eight Voted For Trump In 2016
A new study by WalletHub combined 18 factors to rank the most and least educated states in America. The factors were grouped into two main categories -- Educational Attainment (60 percent of the total score) and Quality of Education and Attainment Gap (40 percent of the score).
Educational attainment was calculated based on the percentage of adults, 25 years and older with each of the following: a high school diploma; some college experience or an associate’s degree; a bachelor’s degree; or a graduate or professional degree.
Quality of Education and Attainment Gap used several indicators of k-12 education and a few measures pertaining to higher education. The quality of the state’s public school system, the number of Blue Ribbon Schools per capita, high-school graduation rate, Advanced Placement test performance, the quality of the universities in the state and number of students per capita enrolled in top universities, whether states have free community college, and the size of racial and gender gaps in the percentage of residents with bachelor’s degrees were included.
WalletHub’s assessment cannot be taken too seriously, as some of the indicators for Quality of Education had questionable validity. While cautious curiosity is advised, of the least ten educated states in the U.S., eight voted for Trump in 2016.
10 Least Educated States:
New Mexico (Clinton)
South Carolina (Trump)
West Virginia (Trump)
10 Most Educated States