Educational Attainment by State

Education is often a large factor in the determination of how developed a country is. Education directly correlates with median incomes; on average, the more educated one is, the higher their average salary typically is. According to the Census Bureau, those with only a high school diploma have the lowest median income while staying above the poverty line. 

While educational attainment is based on multiple factors, socio-economic status is one of the chief factors determining how much education a person will receive. For primary education, those of lower socio-economic means historically would not graduate so they could join the workforce and provide for the family as early as they could. Meanwhile, for secondary education, rising tuition costs lead many students to face the difficult situation of not being able to afford higher education, leading them to either not pursue higher education, or take out a loan for thousands of dollars in the hopes of receiving a degree.

Learn for yourself how education attainment differs by state by browsing the data in the charts.

Lack of High School Diploma by State

Alabama - Lack of High School Diploma

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13.1%

#45 in the US

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91.7%

#1 in the US

Alaska - Lack of High School Diploma

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6.9%

#1 in the US

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80.4%

#45 in the US

Arizona - Lack of High School Diploma

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12.1%

#39 in the US

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77.8%

#49 in the US

Arkansas - Lack of High School Diploma

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12.8%

#40 in the US

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87.6%

#16 in the US

California - Lack of High School Diploma

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16.1%

#51 in the US

PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL COHORT GRADUATION RATEhelp

84.5%

#30 in the US

Colorado - Lack of High School Diploma

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7.9%

#9 in the US

PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL COHORT GRADUATION RATEhelp

81.1%

#41 in the US

Connecticut - Lack of High School Diploma

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9.1%

#23 in the US

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88.5%

#11 in the US

Delaware - Lack of High School Diploma

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9.4%

#24 in the US

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89%

#9 in the US

District of Columbia - Lack of High School Diploma

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8.1%

#15 in the US

PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL COHORT GRADUATION RATEhelp

68.9%

#51 in the US

Florida - Lack of High School Diploma

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11.5%

#34 in the US

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87.2%

#17 in the US

Georgia - Lack of High School Diploma

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12.2%

#41 in the US

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82%

#37 in the US

Hawaii - Lack of High School Diploma

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7.6%

#10 in the US

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85.2%

#28 in the US

Idaho - Lack of High School Diploma

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8.7%

#16 in the US

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80.8%

#46 in the US

Illinois - Lack of High School Diploma

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10.3%

#31 in the US

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86.2%

#23 in the US

Indiana - Lack of High School Diploma

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10.7%

#32 in the US

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87.2%

#18 in the US

Iowa - Lack of High School Diploma

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7.5%

#11 in the US

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91.6%

#2 in the US

Kansas - Lack of High School Diploma

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8.7%

#17 in the US

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87.2%

#19 in the US

Kentucky - Lack of High School Diploma

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12.8%

#42 in the US

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90.6%

#4 in the US

Louisiana - Lack of High School Diploma

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14.2%

#48 in the US

PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL COHORT GRADUATION RATEhelp

80.1%

#47 in the US

Maine - Lack of High School Diploma

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6.8%

#2 in the US

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87.4%

#20 in the US

Maryland - Lack of High School Diploma

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9.5%

#25 in the US

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86.9%

#24 in the US

Massachusetts - Lack of High School Diploma

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8.9%

#18 in the US

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88%

#12 in the US

Michigan - Lack of High School Diploma

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8.7%

#19 in the US

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81.4%

#42 in the US

Minnesota - Lack of High School Diploma

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6.7%

#3 in the US

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83.7%

#35 in the US

Mississippi - Lack of High School Diploma

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14.7%

#49 in the US

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85%

#29 in the US

Missouri - Lack of High School Diploma

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9.4%

#26 in the US

PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL COHORT GRADUATION RATEhelp

89.7%

#10 in the US

Montana - Lack of High School Diploma

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6%

#4 in the US

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86.6%

#25 in the US

Nebraska - Lack of High School Diploma

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8.4%

#20 in the US

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88.4%

#13 in the US

Nevada - Lack of High School Diploma

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13%

#46 in the US

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84.1%

#31 in the US

New Hampshire - Lack of High School Diploma

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6.7%

#5 in the US

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88.4%

#14 in the US

New Jersey - Lack of High School Diploma

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9.8%

#27 in the US

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90.6%

#5 in the US

New Mexico - Lack of High School Diploma

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13.5%

#47 in the US

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75.1%

#50 in the US

New York - Lack of High School Diploma

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12.8%

#43 in the US

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82.8%

#38 in the US

North Carolina - Lack of High School Diploma

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11.5%

#35 in the US

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86.5%

#26 in the US

North Dakota - Lack of High School Diploma

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6.9%

#6 in the US

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88.3%

#15 in the US

Ohio - Lack of High School Diploma

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9.2%

#28 in the US

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82%

#39 in the US

Oklahoma - Lack of High School Diploma

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11.5%

#36 in the US

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84.9%

#32 in the US

Oregon - Lack of High School Diploma

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8.8%

#21 in the US

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80%

#48 in the US

Pennsylvania - Lack of High School Diploma

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9%

#29 in the US

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86.5%

#27 in the US

Rhode Island - Lack of High School Diploma

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10.8%

#33 in the US

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83.9%

#36 in the US

South Carolina - Lack of High School Diploma

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11.7%

#37 in the US

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81.1%

#43 in the US

South Dakota - Lack of High School Diploma

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7.8%

#12 in the US

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84.1%

#33 in the US

Tennessee - Lack of High School Diploma

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11.8%

#38 in the US

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90.5%

#6 in the US

Texas - Lack of High School Diploma

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15.6%

#50 in the US

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90%

#7 in the US

Utah - Lack of High School Diploma

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7%

#13 in the US

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87.4%

#21 in the US

Vermont - Lack of High School Diploma

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6.5%

#7 in the US

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84.5%

#34 in the US

Virginia - Lack of High School Diploma

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9.7%

#30 in the US

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87.5%

#22 in the US

Washington - Lack of High School Diploma

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8.3%

#22 in the US

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81.1%

#44 in the US

West Virginia - Lack of High School Diploma

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12.4%

#44 in the US

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91.3%

#3 in the US

Wisconsin - Lack of High School Diploma

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7.4%

#14 in the US

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90.1%

#8 in the US

Wyoming - Lack of High School Diploma

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6.4%

#8 in the US

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82.1%

#40 in the US