Massachusetts was crowned the “most educated” state in the country, easily edging out New York, which isn’t in the top 10 according to a new study.
The New England state, home to elite academic institutions like Harvard University and MIT, took the top spot in the rankings by WalletHub researchers.
After Massachusetts, the personal finance company determined that Vermont, Maryland, Connecticut and Colorado rounded out the top five.
New York had a more than respectable showing at 15, falling behind Montana and Illinois, who were 14 and 13, respectively.
Neighboring New Jersey landed in 7th place, just behind Virginia.
WalletHub focused on two key factors – educational attainment and quality of education – which were examined across 18 related metrics.
Analysts focused on the educational attainment of the number of adults 25 and older in each state, from high school graduation to advanced degrees, to identify the level of education attained .
Montana had the highest percentage of high school diploma holders, while Massachusetts had the highest percentage of bachelor’s degree holders as well as graduate or professional degree holders.
When it came to education quality, the number of data points was more comprehensive, including the quality of school and college systems, students enrolled in top universities, and graduation rates and test results in each state.
The presence of free community colleges and the achievement gap in each state were also considered.
West Virginia had the unenviable title of “least educated” state, with Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Oklahoma close behind the Mountain State.
“Getting a good education doesn’t guarantee high future earnings or better opportunities, but there is a definite correlation,” WalletHub analyst Cassandra Happe said in a statement.
“It’s certainly worth it to live in one of the most educated states, which provides high-quality learning from childhood through college. This is especially true if you plan to raise children.
Speaking of kids, WalletHub did a separate analysis last month and determined that Massachusetts was also the best state for raising a family. New York takes 5th place.