I came across an article of the dumbest states in America and quickly clicked in to see where the Land of 10,000 Lakes ranked. As usual, Minnesota stood out in the best way!

So, what is the dumbest state in the country and where exactly did Minnesota land? Spoiler alert, the brightest crayons in the box do NOT live in the South. Don't shoot the messenger.

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To determine where the dumbest states are, RoadSnacks created an index of every state that combines the percentage of adults without a high school diploma with those without a college degree. They then ranked them.

Here are the dumbest states in the country:

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In Alabama, school definitely isn’t cool. A whopping 1 in 20 people didn’t even make it to 9th grade, according to RoadSnacks. 

Population: 5,028,092
Percentage of Adult High School Dropout: 12.0%
Percentage of Highly Educated: 28.0%

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Population: 2,112,463
Percentage of Adult High School Dropout: 13.0%
Percentage of Highly Educated: 29.0%

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Only 22% of Arkansas residents have a college degree and that 10% never finished high school, according to RoadSnacks. 

Population: 3,018,669
Percentage of Adult High School Dropout: 12.0%
Percentage of Highly Educated: 25.0%

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RoadSnacks says that Mississippi has the highest number of high school dropouts in America at 11%.

Population: 2,958,846
Percentage of Adult High School Dropout: 12.0%
Percentage of Highly Educated: 25.0%

And the dumbest state in the country is Nevada! Apparently, 14% of people never finished high school, and barely more than 1 in 5 was smart enough to go to college, according to RoadSnacks. 

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Population: 3,104,817
Percentage of Adult High School Dropout: 13.0%
Percentage of Highly Educated: 26.0%

Also See: The Hardest Colleges to Get Into in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa.

Now lets head to the very bottom portion of this list - meaning, the smartest states in America. That, is where you will find Minnesota.

Here are the smartest states in the country:

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Population: 5,770,790
Percentage of Adult High School Dropout: 8%
Percentage of Highly Educated: 44%

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Population: 3,283,809
Percentage of Adult High School Dropout: 5%
Percentage of Highly Educated: 37%

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That's right, Minnesota is the third smartest state in the country!!

Population: 5,695,292
Percentage of Adult High School Dropout: 6%
Percentage of Highly Educated: 38%

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Population: 1,379,610
Percentage of Adult High School Dropout: 5%
Percentage of Highly Educated: 40%

And the smartest state in the country is:

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Population: 643,816
Percentage of Adult High School Dropout: 5%
Percentage of Highly Educated: 42%

In case you were wondering, both Iowa (#29 dumbest state) and Wisconsin (#34) landed somewhere in the middle of the road. Not dumb, but not considered some of the smartest. To see the entire list, click here.

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