Which state is the least educated? California
Updated: Dec 21, 2018
In another era the answer would have been Mississippi or West Virginia or maybe Arkansas. Today however it is The Once Golden State.
California continues its slide into something below first world status. The home of Google, and Facebook, and Oracle, and Uber, and many other companies changing the world, is also home to massive homelessness, widespread corruption, relentless taxation, a crony class that exploits the productive part of the state, an ever encroaching regulatory apparatus, and fewer and fewer middle class people who either can't afford to live in California because of taxation and regulation or have checked out because they've just given up on the state.
I've said this many times before, I love California. I love the redwoods (I've camped in them multiple times), and Big Sur, and Calistoga, and Monterey (where I lived for 2 years as a child.) I really do love it. But it is in trouble.
It's the most insidious kind of trouble because it is incremental. It's the proverbial frog in the hot water bit. Each year things get a little worse, until bam - you're one boiled taxpayer. The same can go for the rest of the country right now, but Cali is probably the worst.
This is only one data point. But the negative data points keep racking up in the country's largest state.
(From CNS News)
California ranks No. 1 among the 50 states for the percentage of its residents 25 and older who have never completed ninth grade and 50th for the percentage who have graduated from high school, according to new data from the Census Bureau.
Texas ranks No. 2 for the percentage of its residents 25 and older who have never completed ninth grade and 49th for the percentage who have graduated from high school...
...Another 2,033,160 California residents 25 and older completed the ninth, tenth, eleventh or twelfth grade—but did not earn a high school diploma. Thus, a total of 4,543,530 California residents 25 and older—or a nation-leading 17.5 percent--have never graduated from high school.