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.

RankState
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: www.money.cnn.com, Workforce education rankings are from the Kauffman Foundation's 2012 State New Economy Index .