In every facet of life, there are winners and there are losers. It’s no different when it comes to ranking our country’s smartest and stupidest states. Someone is going to be considered the best and brightest and someone is going to be voted most likely to mouth breathe. That’s just the way it goes.
The big winner? Massachusetts.
The big loser? Hawaii. Which, if you look at the map above, is colored so light that you can barely even make it out on the map.
According to the Post, these were how the rankings came to be
- IQ, as estimated by Virginia Commonwealth’s Michael McDaniel in 2006
- 2015 SAT scores, compiled by The Post
- 2015 ACT scores, via the company that administers the tests
- The percentage of college graduates in the state, compiled by the Census Bureau
To create an intelligence score, we determined the percentage-point difference between a state’s score and the national median score. Then, since IQ seemed to be the most on-the-nose metric, we doubled that value and then added it all up.
Here are the 10 smartest and 10 dumbest states in America. For the full list, go to the Washington Post.
Hard to shit on the stupid states when I would gladly retire in at least five of them. In fact, I went to Hawaii on my honeymoon and I genuinely think about it selling all of my shit and moving to Maui at least once a day. I know that’s not what you would call a “realistic” daydream, but FUCK YOU. You don’t get to tell me what I can and cannot have non-wet dreams about. In fact, now that I know Hawaii is the stupidest state in all the land, I want to move there even more. In New York, I am of average intelligence. In Hawaii, I would be Bill fucking Gates. But, like, way more handsome.
[H/T Washington Post]