Top Ten Smartest States, 2010

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. Maryland
3. Colorado
4. Connecticut
5. Vermont
6. New Hampshire
7. Virginia
8. Minnesota
9. Washington
10. New Jersey

Source: CNN Money. Web:, Workforce education rankings are from the Kauffman Foundation's 2010 State New Economy Index .