The United States is a large country with hundreds of millions of people. Many brilliant people keep the country running every day, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its share of dumb people. Some states have a reputation for being less smart than other states. “Dumb” or “stupid” is inherently contextual and subjective, making figuring out the smartest and dumbest states challenging to figure out.
Factors that Affect Educational Attainment
It’s important to know that income has an enormous impact on educational data. States with high numbers of lower-income families generally have lower-quality education systems and fewer people who can attend college.
Here are other factors that may affect students’ academic achievement that could vary by state and within states:
- Overall socioeconomic status of the state or city/area within the state
- Percentage of students who are learning English as a second language
- Class and curriculum structure, which is usually mandated by the state
- Norms and regulations that determine the school environment
- Standard testing requirements
On an individual level, the following can also affect student performance:
- Parental habits and involvement
- Family issues and instability
- Peer relationships
- Teacher behavior and personality
- Focusing on the holistic needs of students
- Teaching methods
Determining the Intelligence of Each State
The intelligence of each state can be ranked using the following measures:
An intelligence score is created for each state by determining the percentage-point difference between a state’s score and the national median score. Positive scores mean that the state’s score was above the national median and negative scores indicate that the state’s score was below. IQ’s value was doubled when the scores were added up for each state.
Dumbest States in the United States
While the data does show that some states are “dumber” than other states, no one should demonize the people of another state based on these findings. Some states get a worse wrap than others and can generate some stereotypes. It is encouraged that you be kind. Every state has its intelligence, natural beauty, and other great qualities.
The ten dumbest states in the United States are:
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
- North Carolina
Of the ten dumbest states, seven are located in the South. Hawaii might come as a surprise to some, while Florida may be expected because of the notorious “Florida man” stories.