Education Attainment

Massachusetts leads the nation in the percentage of residents 25 and older who have a bachelor’s degree with 38.2 percent in that category. The state also leads in the percentage of those people who have attained a higher degree, with 16.4 percent of its residents with an advanced degree, according to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. Wyoming leads the country in the number of high school graduates, with 91.8 percent holding either a high school diploma or its equivalent. West Virginia has the lowest percentage of those with a bachelor’s degree at 17.3 percent, while Arkansas, at 6.1 percent, has the lowest percentage of residents ages 25 and older with an advanced degree. Texas has the lowest percentage of high school completion at 79.9 percent.
 
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Source: U.S. Census Bureau