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Indiana is eighth 'dumbest' state, according to finance website

Finance media website The Street based their rankings on the percentage of people within the state with bachelor’s degrees.

Posted on June 5, 2014 at 8:30 p.m.

Indiana is the eighth “dumbest” state, according to finance media website The Street.

The website based its rankings on the percentage of people with bachelor’s degrees in the state. The Street reports that only 22.5 percent of Hoosiers have a bachelor’s degree. It lists West Virginia as the “dumbest” state as only 17.3 percent of its population has a bachelor’s degree.

The average SAT score for Indiana in 2013 was 1470, but West Virginia’s average was 1513. The Street explains SAT scores do not accurately reflect the level of education for certain states as there may be a smaller percentage of students taking the test.

The website states Indiana has the second highest number of biopharmaceutical-related jobs in the country. Despite Indiana’s strong presence in the biotech industry, much of the state’s economy relies on semi-skilled labor. The Street explains that “states offering better opportunities and the number of college graduates residing there is strong.”

The Street also lists Massachusetts as the “smartest” state, where 38.2 percent of its population has a Bachelor’s degree. The average SAT score in 2013 was 1553.

What do you think of how The Street ranked the “dumbest” and “smartest” states? What would you measure to determine how smart a state is?


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