The US currently ranks 16th in the world (percentage of population with college degrees). Washington D.C. has the highest percentage population of college graduates with 65.6% of the population. Massachusetts is the state with the highest percentage population of college graduates with 54.3%.
I’d venture a guess that the states with the higher percentage of college graduates also attract the higher paying jobs in the country. Obama’s goal to have the United States make college more affordable and accessible makes a lot of sense when you think about a person’s lifetime income potential and what that means for the future economic prosperity of our country. Less than one-third of the total population of the states listed below have college degrees (several points below the national average of 39.3%). While a college degree is not a pathway to prosperity, education can be a great equalizer offering more career options especially during economic downturns.
Alabama 31.1% Alaska 32% Arizona 32% Arkansas 28.4% Kentucky 32.3% Louisiana 29.5% Mississippi 30.7% Nevada 28.1% New Mexico 28.9% Oklahoma 31.4% Tennessee 32.1% Texas 31.7% West Virginia 28.9% See where your state ranks by linking here.