Michigan is home to several major universities, the most famous being Michigan and Michigan State, so you would think we would be one of the most educated states in the U.S. In fact, we’re also home to the No. 1 most educated city in the U.S., as we reported last year based on a previous WalletHub study, that city being Ann Arbor. But, as a state, where do we rank in terms of education?
WalletHub has once again put together a list about education, this time being 2022’s Most & Least Educated States in America. “For millions of Americans, a good education is the ticket to a better future,” they state in the study. “College opens doors to more career opportunities, higher earnings and new social connections, among other benefits. But how much schooling one receives also matters to some extent. Generally, the higher the level of education one completes, the higher their income potential and the lower their chances of unemployment become.”
In the study, the noted that the roughest areas for education in the past two years has been the pandemic, and that colleges “currently face the struggle of balancing campus safety with returning to in-person classes,” they add. “Amid these struggles, some states are able to provide safe, quality education more than others.”
In this study, WalletHub looked at all 50 states across 18 metrics that looked at educational attainment, school quality and achievement gaps between genders and races. The No. 1 state in the whole U.S., according to the study, is Massachusetts, while the state at the bottom of the tally is West Virginia. So, where is Michigan? According to the study, Michigan is right in the middle at No. 25 on the list. On quality of education, we ranked No. 21, and on educational attainment, we came in at No. 26. It’s worth noting that we were also labeled as a state with a “high education level and low income level” in the study. Find the full study here.