These Are The 10 Dumbest States In America For 2017

We used science and data to determine which states are real dummies.

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Americans like to think they’re the best when it comes to just about everything when measured against other nations. While we’re certainly the richest, most freedom loving, and pretty much the bodyguards for the poor and defenseless, we’ve known for years that we’re certainly not the smartest country on earth.

Recently, we ranked 28th when it came to math and science scores, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

We’re really smart, people. Just not the smartest. And we’re working on it.

We wanted to measure the states to see where the most dummies live.

So, how do you decide which state is the dumbest? By measuring the college graduation rate of the entire population, that’s how.

After analyzing every state in America, we came up with this list as The Dumbest States in America:

  1. West Virginia (Photos)
  2. Mississippi (Photos)
  3. Kentucky (Photos)
  4. Arkansas (Photos)
  5. Alabama (Photos)
  6. New Mexico (Photos)
  7. Louisiana (Photos)
  8. Nevada (Photos)
  9. Indiana (Photos)
  10. Tennessee (Photos)

Are we seeing a pattern here? The south isn’t ideal for intelligence (Roy Moore anyone?).

Also, we’re not saying the people in these states are bad. We’re just making an observation that as a majority, they’re not the brightest bulbs in the room. And, interestingly enough, the dumbest cities in the country come from states nowhere near the top ten here.

Read on below to see where your state ranked. Or for more reading, , check out:


What stupid criteria did we use?

In order to rank the dumbest States in the USA of A, we had to determine what criteria define a dumb person.

We started by getting data from the 2011-2015 American Community Survey for every we state. We then looked at our criteria:

We ranked each state from 1 to 50 with 1 being the state with the lowest number of college grads. As it turns out, the dumbest states in America mostly voted for Trump. Who woulda guessed?

Here’s a look at the top ten with a detailed chart to follow for the whole country.

1. West Virginia

West Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,851,420
Percent With College Degree: 11.7%

2. Mississippi


Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,988,081
Percent With College Degree: 12.9%

3. Kentucky


Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,397,353
Percent With College Degree: 13.1%

4. Arkansas


Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,958,208
Percent With College Degree: 13.6%

5. Alabama


Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,830,620
Percent With College Degree: 14.8%

6. New Mexico

New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,084,117
Percent With College Degree: 14.8%

7. Louisiana


Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,625,253
Percent With College Degree: 14.8%

8. Nevada


Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,798,636
Percent With College Degree: 15.2%

9. Indiana


Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,568,645
Percent With College Degree: 15.4%

10. Tennessee


Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,499,615
Percent With College Degree: 15.9%

So there you have it

If you’re measuring the states in America where there are a low number of college grads, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least stupid states in America. Or, the smartest, if you will:

  1. Colorado
  2. Massachusetts
  3. New Jersey

We also wrote about the worst cities in America if you didn’t happen to see it.

Detailed List Of The Dumbest States In America

Rank State % With A Degree
1 West Virginia 11.7%
2 Mississippi 12.9%
3 Kentucky 13.1%
4 Arkansas 13.6%
5 Alabama 14.8%
6 New Mexico 14.8%
7 Louisiana 14.8%
8 Nevada 15.2%
9 Indiana 15.4%
10 Tennessee 15.9%
11 Oklahoma 16.1%
12 Ohio 16.4%
13 South Carolina 16.5%
14 Michigan 16.5%
15 Missouri 16.9%
16 Wyoming 17.1%
17 Arizona 17.3%
18 Pennsylvania 17.4%
19 Florida 17.5%
20 Idaho 17.7%
21 Delaware 17.8%
22 Alaska 17.9%
23 Georgia 18.1%
24 Texas 18.2%
25 Iowa 18.2%
26 North Carolina 18.4%
27 Wisconsin 18.4%
28 Maine 18.7%
29 South Dakota 19.0%
30 Rhode Island 19.1%
31 Oregon 19.3%
32 New York 19.4%
33 Nebraska 19.6%
34 California 19.8%
35 Illinois 19.9%
36 Montana 20.0%
37 Kansas 20.0%
38 North Dakota 20.1%
39 Hawaii 20.4%
40 Maryland 20.6%
41 Utah 20.8%
42 Washington 20.9%
43 Connecticut 21.0%
44 Virginia 21.0%
45 Vermont 21.7%
46 New Hampshire 21.8%
47 Minnesota 22.5%
48 New Jersey 22.8%
49 Massachusetts 22.8%
50 Colorado 24.1%

11 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Dumbest States In America For 2017

  1. Yes. Kudos to those states which are most populated with high school students who can regurgitate information. Excellent. In seeing how many times this information (erroneously extrapolating IQ’s from SAT score) has been used to create click-bait “articles” on various low-brow, left-leaning gossip websites, I too am seeing a trend. And you say, “Who woulda guessed?”

  2. You say it’s a list of the dumbest cities, then proceed to list 10 states.. what state is the author of this article from, I wonder?

  3. These guys couldn’t figure out the difference between a city and state, but still decided to weigh in anyway. Cool.

  4. So funny. Only a total ignoramus would equate education level with intelligence. This is elitist condescension at it’s worst. Using education level as the sole criterion for making this evaluation shows the simplistic thinking of the imbecile who authored this report (as well as the fact that they don’t know the difference between a city and a state and don’t understand the concept of proof reading – duh). Failing to take into account things like average age is a critical mistake. Pennsylvania for example, has the second oldest population of any state. We know that higher education levels have increased over time. With more seniors compared to other states, wouldn’t PA be expected to have have a lower ranking using only the authors metric? Poverty also comes into play. In those southern states, there are plenty of intelligent people that simply cannot afford higher education and state resources to help them are nil. Although I detest Mr Trump, equating people voting for him with stupidity is a sign of intellectual immaturity on the part of the author. It sure seems like a lot of Wharton School and Harvard Business grads voted for him for their own selfish reasons, so insisting that everyone who voted for him is stupid is on it’s face, stupid. So, to the editor of the site, try to elevate your presentations, hire smarter people and stop adding to the dearth of garbage on the internet. Thanks

  5. Whether someone graduates from college depends upon whether they had the money to finish college, not just their intelligence. However, if you look at the statistics for percentage of high school graduates, the lowest eight or so states are about the same. High school dropouts are not going to be taking SAT tests.

  6. No surprises here. Now check the list of the most racist states and the least heathy states. These questions, as you can guess, will produce a virtual mirror image.

  7. I hate to break your bubble but UFOs are real, also exterestrials
    I know because I am an EXPERIENCER and educated in England and live in Texas. I HAVE PHOTOS AND HAVE SHOWN THEM ON you are the dumb one. Just watch

  8. And yet in over 45 years in the workforce and meeting all kinds of people with all kinds of educational background, I have to say some of the dumbest people out there are college graduates. No common sense, no imagination, no work ethic. So this is a really stupid criteria to rate dumbest states.

  9. I am from Kentucky, I can attest to the fact that the people here are so ignorant and dumb, most of them think hating others is a good thing. I left when I was 21 and moved to California, moving back to KY was emotional suicide, I should have stayed on the west cost. I am moving to Massachusetts soon. The people in Kentucky are deeply racist, horrifically fat, grossly tattooed, severely uneducated, emotionally stunted, mentally inbred, and the majority live in poverty. If you drive through, don’t stop, just keep going until you are in the clear and another state.

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