New Jersey Named Smartest State in the USA

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For years, people enjoyed making fun of New Jersey as "less than" its neighbors. Let's face it. Shows like MTV's "The Jersey Shore" did us no favors. (Gym, tan, laundry anyone?) Last month, the New York Post published an article about the level of education residents of each state plus DC achieved. They named the Garden State as the smartest state in the country. compiled education statistics for all 50 states plus DC to find out the smartest state in the US. The result? New Jersey came out on top.

Smartest State in the USA: New Jersey

Search Westfield luxury homes for saleThe New York Post's article cited a study that put together. Smart Home used Census data to compile information about the education levels of the residents of each state. They also took into consideration the SAT and ACT scores and high school graduation rates gleaned from the Department of Education stats. New Jersey ranked at the top of the list with a total score of 337.8. Our New York neighbors ranked 32nd with a score of 206.5.

Breakdown of Stats

New Jersey tied with Iowa for the states with the highest graduation rate in the public school system (91%). We came in second for residents with a bachelor's degree. DC came in #1 with the percentage of residents who earned a graduate/professional degree (33.4%). New Jersey ranked #8 (15.6%), just 0.2% less than New York. The median SAT score for New Jersey schoolchildren last year was 1090. Sixty-four percent of students met the benchmarks on the ACT test.

Westfield Accomplishments

Earlier this year, gave Westfield an A+ for Best Places to Live in New Jersey. Wallethub put us in their top 30 Best Small Cities in America list. And called us the Safest City in Union County, ranking us #6 for the entire state of New Jersey. So, you can see why New Jersey, in general, and Westfield, in particular, make for a great place to reside.

A Quick "Thank You"

I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who purchased a tree or wreath from our Christmas tree lot this year. The money we raised helps us with our philanthropic efforts throughout the rest of the year. You helped us make the tree lot another grand success. Thank you!

Scott Gleason, CRS at RE/MAX Select, Luxury Homes

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Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Well congratulations are in order for New Joisy!!!

Last month, the NewYork Post published an article about the level of education residents of each state plus DC achieved. They named the Garden State as the smartest state in the country.

Jan 03, 2020 04:01 AM #1
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It looks like Arizona checks in near the bottom of the list and I am not surprised, but I blame it on our influx of snowbirds, haha.

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