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The top 10 most highly-educated states in America

Massachusetts took first place as the most highly-educated state, and Arkansas came in last. Here's how the other states stacked up.

Massachusetts is the most highly-educated state in the US, according to a Zippia report on Tuesday. Using Census ACS 2012-2016 data, Zippia ranked states 1-50 based on the percentage of adults in each state with at least a Master's degree.

SEE: IT jobs 2018: Hiring priorities, growth areas, and strategies to fill open roles (Tech Pro Research)

Coming in as top dog, Massachusetts is home to many top universities including MIT, Harvard, and Amherst College. With so many college institutions in one state, it's no wonder that 18.17% of the state's population holds at least a Master's degree, said the report.

While the majority of the most highly-educated states were concentrated in the Northeast, there are a few outliers as well. Here are the top 10 most highly-educated states in America.

    1. Massachusetts
    2. Maryland
    3. Connecticut
    4. Virginia
    5. New York
    6. Vermont
    7. New Jersey
    8. Colorado
    9. New Hampshire
    10. Rhode Island

      Overall, about 30% of all Americans hold at least a Bachelor's degree, and approximately 11% have at least a Master's, according to the report. With many Millennials still finishing up school, the numbers are expected to rise in the next few years, added the report.

      Higher education does inevitably play a role in career advancement and the hiring process. So if you're a company looking to expand your business or open a satellite office in a new region, perhaps looking at these states for your new talent is the way to go.

      While those states might be the most educated, that doesn't necessarily mean they are the most successful. In fact, Zippia previously found Illinois, Virginia, and Missouri to have the states with the most successful cities. Click here to check out the full report.

      The big takeaways for tech leaders:

      • A new report outlines the top 10 most highly-educated states in the US, based on the number of people with at least a master's degree in each state. —Zippia, 2018
      • With Massachusetts, Maryland, and Connecticut coming in as the top three most educated states, perhaps business pros should look to the East Coast for new talent. —Zippia, 2018

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      About Macy Bayern

      Macy Bayern is an Associate Staff Writer for TechRepublic. A recent graduate from the University of Texas at Austin's Liberal Arts Honors Program, Macy covers tech news and trends.

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