Massachusetts Residents Are Among the Smartest in the Nation
With all of the colleges and universities in Massachusetts, one might think we would be the most intelligent people on the planet, no? Well according to several surveys, including one conducted by Washington Post, Massachusetts finishes in the top two in terms of average Intelligence Quotient (IQ).
World Population Review.com presents the Washington Post ranking, which has Massachusetts at number one with an average IQ of 104.3.
The National Library of Medicine's Journal of Intelligence ranks Massachusetts in second place with an average IQ of 103.1, behind New Hampshire with an average IQ of 103.2.
So how did our friends in the other New England States rank?
According to the Post, Massachusetts is first, New Hampshire third, Connecticut fourth, Vermont seventh, Maine 19th, and Rhode Island 27th.
The Journal of Intelligence places New Hampshire first, Massachusetts second, Vermont fourth, Connecticut 11th, Maine 19th, and Rhode Island 30th.
It's not surprising that Massachusetts folks are so smart since there are 114 colleges and universities in Massachusetts. That's a dozen more colleges and universities than there are hospitals, of which there are 102, according to Google.
"These institutions include fourteen research universities, twenty-one master's universities, and thirty-four special-focus institutions," Wikipedia states. "Eighty-five of Massachusetts' post-secondary institutions are private, of which five are for-profit. Thirty of the state's post-secondary institutions are public."
Wikipedia presents a list of all of the colleges and universities in Massachusetts.
By the way, if you were wondering which states have the lowest average IQ, the Washington Post says it's Hawaii. The Journal of Intelligence says New Mexico.
The average IQ of all 50 states in America is 98.