Company Ranks 10 “Dumbest” And “Smartest” States

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A recent article has attempted to label the 10 “smartest” and “dumbest” states in the U.S., according to financial news service TheStreet.

Both Arkansas and Oklahoma made the list of “dumbest” states, which was based on each state’s percentage of the population that held bachelor’s degrees. The writers of the article said there is a direct correlation between higher education and the poverty line.

Arkansas came in at number two on the list of “dumbest” states with 18.9 percent of the state’s population holding a bachelor’s degree, according to TheStreet.

Oklahoma placed at nine on the list of “dumbest” states with 22.7 percent of the state’s population holding a bachelor’s degree, according to TheStreet.

To view the entire list, click here.

18 comments

  • Elaphas

    There are many people with college degrees who are dumber than a box of rocks and a lot of those are card-carrying liberals from the north, east, and west. A college degree cannot make an idiot smart. Nothing shocking here to find another “list” with Arkansas near the bottom – a poor Southern state who has had a hard time finding its way since Reconstruction. But it is home to a proud people who love thier state, so if you want to make fun of us Arkies then you can take your as$ back from whence you came. Good riddens.

    • Elaphas

      Also not shocking to see this story posted on the local left-wing eyeball network with a staff who has no interest in Arkansas.

    • Tom Sambo

      Also not shocking to see this story posted on the local left-wing eyeball network with a staff who has no interest in Arkansas.

    • Jack

      Also not surprising to see an Arkansan misspell the word “riddance.” I spent 9 years in that state’s “school system.” Between the New Testaments that got handed out at my public school, the day we literally were released from classes to attend the grand opening of a Wal-Mart, and the fact that I’ve seen kids get suspended longer for reading Harry Potter than for having hard street drugs, I shudder every time I think of Arkansas ranking anywhere but #50.

    • Sarah 1

      Let’s see. You are Taz, Elephas, and Tom Sambo. Could you be HL as well. I have gone back over the pages of comments and it was all an attempt to make the reading public believe there were lots of folks with your same ideas.
      Very sad indeed. Tea Party Republicans have been known to do a lot worse so all is forgiven. I do think Sambo should come out of the closet and apologize for questioning my heritage, or was that part of the gaming of the system?
      I will be watching for new names.

  • taz

    Also not shocking to see this story posted on the local left-wing eyeball network with a staff who has no interest in Arkansas.

  • Happy

    Not surprised. We rank very high with teen pregnancy also. Don’t go to school, just screw and sign up for food stamps, and welfare assitance.

  • Sarah 1

    Well howdy doody. I think you hit the nail on the head Mr. Gnarly.
    That’s okay. Sometimes your best friend s yourself.

  • Randy C. Lindsey

    Some of the dumbest people I know have masters degrees. Some of the smartest I’ve ever known had third and fifth grade educations. Only a complete idiot would assume that college degrees equates to an intelligent citizenry.

    • Sean

      There are exceptions to every rule, and that’s where you’re attempting to live…in the “exception zone”. Usually people with 4th grade educations ARE NOT smarter than college grads, but yeah, I bet it happens from time to time.

  • Mrs.Pat

    Really!!?? Arkansans n dumb?? To whoever wrote n made this list, its just coz many people didn’t run behind graduation n takes care of land, farming n thus giving grains to us is why lab processed meats n algaes aren’t still on our table yet.Education or qualification is not just a criteria …its the mind of sacrificing! Iam an Indian n believe me, I haven’t seen such good people and serene places as I have seen in Arkansas!!!

    • Hayden Hodges

      Amen. I agree totally. I am sick of people bashing our state when in fact I would not live anywhere else. And, yes, I have seen other places. Oh, and I do have a degree. And one more schocker: I can spell very well. And, believe it or not, I was raised on a farm.

      I am better than no one – I am below no one. I just live and attempt to be friendly to everyone and everything that our Heavenly Father has placed upon this mortal realm during this same frame of existence as me.

  • Richard S. Drake

    Boy, if folks think that KFSM is “liberal” they REALLY need to get out more!
    more Mybe if more folks in Arkansas read books – and bought books for their kids – they might value education more.
    And if President Obama can’t blame Bush for anything anymore, then embittered folk from Arkansas should stop blaming things on Reconstruction!

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