Top Ten Smartest States, 2012

Using U.S. Census Data, the Kauffman Foundation created a weighted score reflecting four different education-level statistics for each state: the percentage of the population (age 25 and older) that has less than a high-school degree, some college, a Bachelor's degree, or a Master's or professional degree. The organization's state-by-state rankings reflect those weighted scores.

Rank State
1. Massachusetts
2. Delaware
3. Washington
4. California
5. Maryland
6. Virginia
7. Colorado
8. Utah
9. Connecticut
10. New Jersey

Source: CNN Money. Web:, Workforce education rankings are from the Kauffman Foundation's 2012 State New Economy Index .