Report: Massachusetts Smartest State In America

BOSTON (CBS) – A new survey says Massachusetts is most-educated state in the nation.

The Kauffman Foundation looked at the education of each state’s work force.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cope reports

It found 61-percent of residents in the Commonwealth have some college education and 16-percent have advanced degrees.

Maryland and Colorado were second and third in the survey, followed by three New England states – Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire.

More than 60-percent of New Hampshire residents have been to college and more than 11-percent have advanced degrees.

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  • hockeyfan

    Most educated? Sure…. Smartest? I highly doubt it.

    • Cynic

      Oh C-Mon hockeyfan… thats what I was going to say….!

      • hockeyfan

        Cynic….timing is everything!

  • Jaice

    Ahhh, more feel good propaganda

    what a pathetic society

  • Wizard

    There are two sides to this coin, at least.
    There’s the educational attainment of kids age 18 or so who have live here most of their lives.
    Then there’s the education levels of adults who work here, some of which came from other states.
    Either way, it’s nice being #1.
    When will the medals be given out?

  • Cynic

    If they are so smart why do they live in Mass.?

    • Budd

      That makes no sense Cynic, what is wrong with living in Ma?

  • roadbowler

    Ehhh, I smell propaganda from the local Teachers Union branch….

  • eduardo

    howdy and You does not wory falks . . . as us can all see by our poor inglesh as Second language in them comentts here to-day, we dropouts ffrom elementary SchOol, wery vell balances the educated majority in the Masachusssets… theY ain’t outnumb-er us dumberer and estupidere


  • JimWilm

    Growing in the shadows of Harvard & MIT (and having an advanced degree myself) I would have to say that by far some of the dumbest people I’ve ever met were products were products of those two institutions.

    • TimWhim

      Do not worry, JimWilm, you’re far from any danger of being mistaken for those dumbest people you mentioned. You’re totally safe, since you saw just the shadows of Harvard & MIT. Hip hip hooray for advance degree alumni of our local village Community Colleges.

      The above is product is product of those two institutions,
      Tim Whim

  • Janet Shepard

    Even smarter are those of us who were educated in Massachusetts but moved out to a State with a better climate and less taxes.

  • Lucy

    There are a lot of smart people without degrees. There are a lot of people that just don’t feel they have access or maybe they really don’t have access to higher education. This isn’t about them. This is about Massachusetts having many people who have been privileged enough to earn degrees. So maybe saying that a degree means you are smart is inaccurate. Maybe it would be more correct to say that we have a population holding degrees that say that they have continued their academic education beyond what is minimally expected. — I’d like to see more people have access to higher education. Education is so important. It opens up so many doors. You need to do the work to get the benefits. There is no short cut as far as I think. Do the work – you get the benefits.

  • markthefoamguy

    If we’re the smartest state in the country, then WHY do we keep sending the same DOLTS back to Washington?

  • Kevin T. Vine

    Dear CBS Boston: You should be aware that both your Facebook and Twitter links provided at the bottom of this page go to bogus accounts (yikes) on those respective sites! I just tweeted this article and attempted to provide you the appropriate attribution via @CBS_Boston only to realize this.

  • Jay

    Well now I understand the last election.
    The smaht ones mustu commed out.

  • emom

    Sure this state is WHICKED SMAHT…. if you think it is,…,, look at all the big wigs in this state they cant balance a checkbook to say them selfs,,, I bet none of them KNOWS what a checkbook is. Then there is those students that have a notion that when they actually graduate the there is a fantastic HIGH paying job waiting for them when school is finished, AAAHHHH really.. And then these same students beleive they do not need to learn basic domestic choirs stuff to live by, you know How to cook to feed yourself, wash clothes, balance a check book, unable to problem solve unless it was a major they took in school , I have seen so many both high school and college bound graduates that have difficulties on daily functions,,, ahh but a sweet college education that has the dream of making big bucks….. but you go with it and see how far in this economy gets you

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