Here are The Most and Least Brainy States in The US

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We’ve put together this fascinating list ranking states by the average IQ level. We’ve also included data showing the share of residents with bachelor’s degrees and the top college in each state!

1. Massachusetts

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Average IQ – 104.3

The Bay State ranks first for educational attainment and third for quality of education. Massachusetts ranks 34th in student-loan indebtedness. It is home to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (7% acceptance rate).

Share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 45%

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2. New Hampshire

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Average IQ – 104.2

The Granite State ranks sixth for educational attainment and 16th for quality of education. New Hampshire ranks first in student-loan indebtedness. It is home to Dartmouth College (9% acceptance rate).

Share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 37.6%

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3. Vermont

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Average IQ – 103.8

The Green Mountain State ranks fifth for educational attainment and seventh for quality of education. Vermont ranks 26th in student-loan indebtedness. It is home to Middlebury College (17% acceptance rate).

Share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 38.7%

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4. North Dakota

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Average IQ – 103.8

The Flickertail State ranks 24th for educational attainment and 33ed for quality of education. North Dakota ranks sixth in student-loan indebtedness. It is home to North Dakota State University (93% acceptance rate).

Share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 30.4%

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5. Minnesota

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Average IQ – 103.7

The North Star State ranks eighth for educational attainment and 18th for quality of education. Minnesota ranks fifth in student-loan indebtedness. It is home to Carleton College (20% acceptance rate).

Share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 37.3%

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6. Montana

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Average IQ – 103.4

The Treasure State ranks 13th for educational attainment and 45th for quality of education. Montana ranks 32nd in student-loan indebtedness. It is home to Montana State University (82% acceptance rate).

Share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 33.6%

7. Maine

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Average IQ – 103.4

The Pine Tree State ranks 18th for educational attainment and 27th for quality of education. Maine ranks seventh in student-loan indebtedness. It is home to Bowdoin College (10% acceptance rate).

Share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 33.2%

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8. Iowa

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Average IQ – 103.2

The Hawkeye State ranks 27th for educational attainment and 30th for quality of education. Iowa ranks 10th in student-loan indebtedness. It is home to Grinnell College (24% acceptance rate).

Share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 29.3%

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9. Connecticut

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Average IQ – 103.1

The Nutmeg State ranks fourth for educational attainment and fifth for quality of education. Connecticut ranks 15th in student-loan indebtedness. It is home to Yale University (6% acceptance rate).

Share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 39.8%

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10. Wisconsin

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Average IQ – 102.9

The Badger State ranks 25th for educational attainment and 12th for quality of education. Wisconsin ranks 13th in student-loan indebtedness. It is home to the University of Wisconsin (52% acceptance rate).

Share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 31.3%

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11. South Dakota

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Average IQ – 102.8

The Mount Rushmore State ranks 29th for educational attainment and 40th for quality of education. South Dakota ranks sixth in student-loan indebtedness. It is home to Augustana University (65% acceptance rate).

Share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 30.4%

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12. New Jersey

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Average IQ – 102.8

Garden State ranks ranks 10th for educational attainment and 4th for quality of education. New Jersey ranks 14th in student-loan indebtedness. It is home to Princeton University (5% acceptance rate).

Share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 41.2%

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13. Kansas

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Average IQ – 102.8

The Sunflower State ranks 14th for educational attainment and 50th for quality of education. Kansas ranks 20th in student-loan indebtedness. It is home to Kansas State University (93% acceptance rate).

Share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 34%

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14. Wyoming

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Average IQ – 102.4

The Equality State ranks 22nd for educational attainment and 37th for quality of education. Wyoming ranks 47th in student-loan indebtedness. It is home to the University of Wyoming (96% acceptance rate).

Share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 29%

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15. Nebraska

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Average IQ – 102.3

The Cornhusker State ranks 20th for educational attainment and 32nd for quality of education. Nebraska ranks 31st in student-loan indebtedness. It is home to University of Nebraska – Lincoln (80% acceptance rate).

Share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 33.3%

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16. Washington

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Average IQ – 101.9

The Evergreen State ranks 9th for educational attainment and 19th for quality of education. Washington ranks 44th in student-loan indebtedness. It is home the University of Washington (49% acceptance rate).

Share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 37%

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17. Virginia

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Average IQ – 101.9

The Old Dominion State ranks 50th for educational attainment and 39th for quality of education. Virginia ranks 27th in student-loan indebtedness. It is home to the University or Virginia (26% acceptance rate).

Share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 39.6%

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18. Ohio

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Average IQ – 101.8

The Buckeye State ranks 34th for educational attainment and 29th for quality of education. Ohio ranks 19th in student-loan indebtedness. It is home to Case Western Reserve University (29% acceptance rate).

Share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 29.3%

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19. Indiana

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Average IQ – 101.7

The Hoosier State ranks 40th for educational attainment and 11th for quality of education. Indiana ranks 23ed in student-loan indebtedness. It is home to the University of Notre Dame (18% acceptance rate).

Share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 27%

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20. Colorado

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Average IQ – 101.6

The Centennial State ranks second for educational attainment and 35th for quality of education. Colorado ranks 41st in student-loan indebtedness. It is home to Colorado School of Mines (49% acceptance rate).

Share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 42.7%

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21. Pennsylvania

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Average IQ – 101.5

The Keystone State ranks 28th for educational attainment and 34th for quality of education. Pennsylvania ranks fourth in student-loan indebtedness. It is home to the University of Pennsylvania (8% acceptance rate).

Share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 32.3%

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22. Idaho

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Average IQ – 101.4

The Gem State ranks 32nd for educational attainment and 47th for quality of education. Idaho ranks 33ed in student-loan indebtedness. It is home to University of Idaho (77% acceptance rate).

Share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 28.8%

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23. Oregon

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Average IQ – 101.2

The Beaver State ranks 12th for educational attainment and 43ed for quality of education. Oregon ranks 40th in student-loan indebtedness. It is home to Reed College in Portland (35% acceptance rate).

Share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 34.6%

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24. Utah

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Average IQ – 101.1

The Beehive State ranks 11th for educational attainment and 13th for quality of education. Utah ranks 50th in student-loan indebtedness. It is home to Brigham-Young University (64% acceptance rate)..

Share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 34.8%

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25. Missouri

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Average IQ – 101

The Show Me State ranks 31st for educational attainment and 23ed for quality of education. Missouri ranks 22nd in student-loan indebtedness. It is home to Washington University in St. Louis (15% acceptance rate).

Share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 30.2%

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26. New York

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Average IQ – 100.7

The Empire State ranks 19th for educational attainment and 17th for quality of education. New York ranks 30th in student-loan indebtedness. It is home to Columbia University (6% acceptance rate).

Share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 37.8%

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27. Michigan

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Average IQ – 100.5

The Great Lake State ranks 26th for educational attainment and 25th for quality of education. Michigan ranks 18th in student-loan indebtedness. It is home to University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (23% acceptance rate).

Share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 30%

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28. Delaware

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Average IQ – 100.4

The Diamond State ranks 23ed for educational attainment and 10th for quality of education. Delaware ranks ninth in student-loan indebtedness. It is home to the University of Delaware (66% acceptance rate).

Share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 33.2%

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29. North Carolina

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Average IQ – 100.2

The Tar Heel State ranks 30th for educational attainment and 26th for quality of education. North Carolina ranks 29th in student-loan indebtedness. It is home to Duke University (9% acceptance rate).

Share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 32.3%

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30. Texas

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Average IQ – 100

The Lone Star State ranks 42nd for educational attainment and 22nd for quality of education. Texas ranks 38th in student-loan indebtedness. It is home to Rice University (11% acceptance rate).

Share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 30.8%

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31. Illinois

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Average IQ – 99.9

The Prairie State ranks 16th for educational attainment and 15th for quality of education. Illinois ranks 21st in student-loan indebtedness. It is home to Northwestern University (8% acceptance rate).

Share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 35.8%

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32. Maryland

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Average IQ – 99.7

The Free State ranks 20th for educational attainment and 37th for quality of education. Maryland ranks 36th in student-loan indebtedness. It is home to John Hopkins University (11% acceptance rate).

Share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 40.9%

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33. Rhode Island

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Average IQ – 99.5

The Ocean State ranks 21st for educational attainment and ninth for quality of education. Rhode Island ranks 11th in student-loan indebtedness. It is home to Brown University (8% acceptance rate).

Share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 34.8%

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34. Kentucky

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Average IQ – 99.4

The Bluegrass State ranks 46th for educational attainment and 14th for quality of education. Kentucky ranks 16th in student-loan indebtedness. It is home to University of Louisville (72% acceptance rate).

Share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 25.1%

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35. Oklahoma

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Average IQ – 99.3

The Sooner State ranks 43ed for educational attainment and 36th for quality of education. Oklahoma ranks 35th in student-loan indebtedness. It is home to the University of Tulsa (41% acceptance rate).

Share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 26.2%

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36. Alaska

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Average IQ – 99

The Last Frontier ranks 17th for educational attainment and 49th for quality of education. Alaska ranks 42nd in student-loan indebtedness. It is home to the University of Alaska Southeast (63% acceptance rate).

Share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 30.2%

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37. West Virginia

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Average IQ – 99

The Mountain State ranks 50th for educational attainment and 39th for quality of education. West Virginia ranks second in student-loan indebtedness. It is home to West Virginia University (82% acceptance rate).

Share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 21%

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38. South Carolina

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Average IQ – 98.4

The Palmetto State ranks 38th for educational attainment and 48th for quality of education. South Carolina ranks 12th in student-loan indebtedness. It is home to Clemson University (47% acceptance rate).

Share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 29.6%

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39. Florida

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Average IQ – 98.4

The Sunshine State ranks 37th for educational attainment and second for quality of education. Florida ranks 46th in student-loan indebtedness. It is home to the University of Florida (39% acceptance rate).

Share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 30.7%

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40. Georgia

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Average IQ – 98

The Peach State ranks 35th for educational attainment and 20th for quality of education. Georgia ranks 24th in student-loan indebtedness. It is home to Georgia Tech (22% acceptance rate).

Share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 32.5%

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41. Tennessee

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Average IQ – 97.7

The Volunteer State ranks 41st for educational attainment and 28th for quality of education. Tennessee ranks 17th in student-loan indebtedness. It is home to Vanderbilt University (10% acceptance rate).

Share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 28.7%

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42. Arkansas

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Average IQ – 97.5

The Natural State ranks 47th for educational attainment and 31st for quality of education. Arkansas ranks 28th in student-loan indebtedness. It is home to Hendrix College (72% acceptance rate).

Share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 23.3%

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43. Arizona

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Average IQ – 97.4

Grand Canyon State ranks 33ed for educational attainment and 38th for quality of education. Arizona ranks 39th in student-loan indebtedness. It is home to Arizona State University (85% acceptance rate).

Share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 30.2%

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44. Nevada

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Average IQ – 96.5

The Silver State ranks 44th for educational attainment and 24th for quality of education. Nevada ranks 45th in student-loan indebtedness. It is home to the University of Nevada – Reno (88% acceptance rate).

Share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 25.7%

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45. New Mexico

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Average IQ – 95.7

The Sunshine State ranks 39th for educational attainment and 46th for quality of education. New Mexico ranks 48th in student-loan indebtedness. It is home to New Mexico Tech (23% acceptance rate).

Share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 27.7%

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46. Alabama

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Average IQ – 95.7

The Cotton State ranks 45th for educational attainment and 41st for quality of education. Alabama ranks 25th in student-loan indebtedness. It is home to Auburn University (75% acceptance rate).

Share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 26.4%

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47. Hawaii

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Average IQ – 95.6

The Aloha State ranks 15th for educational attainment and 21st for quality of education. Hawaii ranks 43ed in student-loan indebtedness. It is home to Brigham Young University – Hawaii (45% acceptance rate).

Share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 33.6%

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48. California

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Average IQ – 95.5

The Golden State ranks 36th for educational attainment and sixth for quality of education. California ranks 49th in student-loan indebtedness. It is home to Stanford University (4% acceptance rate).

Share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 35%

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49. Louisiana

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Average IQ – 95.3

The Pelican State ranks 48th for educational attainment and 42nd for quality of education. Louisiana ranks 37th in student-loan indebtedness. It is home to Tulane University (72% acceptance rate).

Share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 25%

50. Mississippi

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Average IQ – 94.2

The Magnolia State ranks 49th for educational attainment and 44th for quality of education. Mississippi ranks eighth in student-loan indebtedness. It is home to Mississippi State University (57% acceptance rate).

Share of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree: 22.3%