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The report finds that Kansas residents are highly educated and underpaid

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – A recent report on the nation’s best educated states found that while the Kansan are highly educated, they are poorly paid.

With data showing a correlation between higher education and higher income, as well as lower unemployment rates, personal finance website WalletHub.com says it released its report on the best and least educated states in America on Monday, Feb. 13. 2023 and Kansas falls right in the middle.

To find which states are the best educated, WalletHub said it compared all 50 states across 18 key metrics that looked at a well-educated population: educational attainment, school quality, and achievement gaps across genders and races.

Kansas finished in 25th overall with a total mark of 51.39. Sunflower State ranked 16th in educational attainment and 49th in quality of education.

Out West, Colorado ranked 5th overall with a total score of 69.30. It ranked 2nd in educational attainment and 37th in quality of education.

Up north, Nebraska ranked 22nd overall with a total score of 52.24. It ranked 20th in educational attainment and 38th in quality of education.

In the East, Missouri finished in 33rd overall with a total score of 47.31. It ranked 31st in educational attainment and 33rd in quality of education.

Finally, down south, Oklahoma ranked 45th overall with a total score of 35.32. It ranked 43rd in educational attainment and 42nd in quality of education.

The report also found that while the Kansans were highly educated, most had relatively low income levels. Colorado had the highest percentage of associate graduates or adults with college experience, as well as the second-highest percentage of college graduates. However, Colorado had the lowest average college quality.

The report found that the best-educated states are:

  • Massachusetts
  • Maryland
  • Connecticut
  • Vermont
  • Colorado
  • The report found the least educated states to be:

  • West Virginia
  • Mississippi
  • Louisiana
  • Arkansas
  • Alabama
  • For more information or to see where other states fall, click HERE.

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