How Smart or Dumb is the State of Colorado?
When trying to turn "intelligence" into a quantifiable number, it can be rather subjective, because every state has its share of idiots. However, there is a new ranking of what states are the smartest, and lets say, the ones that are lacking in the subject. According to the Washington Post, some states are smarter than others. So they took several quantifiable factors, to rank all the states in order of intelligence.
They used such things as the populations IQ, as estimated in 2006, by an individual associated with Virginia Commonwealth University. 2015 SAT and ACT scored were also used, as well as the percentage of the population that were college graduates.
In my opinion, I think these factors are either a little out dated, or just flat our biased. IQ results as of 2006, is not current data, with people moving around so much. Also, I know plenty of people that one would consider "smart," that have difficulty testing. So a standardized test may not be the best way to rate their "intelligence." Finally, not everyone is suited for college, and it as been proven time and time again, just because you have a college education, it does not prove that one is "intelligent." But with that being said, here are the results of what the Washington Post considers the most, and least intelligent states.
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
- North Carolina