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Florida Named Best U.S. State For Higher Education

U.S. News and World Report breaks down higher education as part of its annual states ranking



U.S. News and World Report annually compiles a ranking of states that incorporates 75 different factors, including higher education. Florida is at the top of the list for college and university education, ahead of Utah and Washington.

Pennsylvania was at the bottom of the list, just below Alabama and South Carolina.

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When higher education and PreK through 12th grade learning are factored together, Florida falls to 7th place, with Massachusetts taking the top spot. Utah places third in the overall education rankings.

In the overall rankings, which look at health care, economy, infrastructure, crime and opportunity — with each weighted by percentage, higher education counting for 14% of the total  — Iowa claims the first spot, with Minnesota, Utah, North Dakota and New Hampshire rounding out the top five.

Louisiana was at the bottom of the overall list.

Here is the full list of higher ed rankings:

  1. Florida

  2. Utah

  3. Washington

  4. California

  5. Wyoming

  6. North Dakota

  7. Nebraska

  8. Iowa

  9. Colorado

  10. North Carolina

  11. South Dakota

  12. Maryland

  13. Nevada

  14. New York

  15. Kansas

  16. Alaska

  17. Virginia

  18. Wisconsin

  19. Arizona

  20. New Mexico

  21. Oklahoma

  22. Georgia

  23. Minnesota

  24. Hawaii

  25. Oregon

  26. Tennessee

  27. Missouri

  28. New Jersey

  29. Massachusetts

  30. Mississippi

  31. Montana

  32. Illinois

  33. Idaho

  34. Texas

  35. Maine

  36. Vermont

  37. Arkansas

  38. Kentucky

  39. Connecticut

  40. Delaware

  41. Ohio

  42. Louisiana

  43. West Virginia

  44. New Hampshire

  45. Rhode Island

  46. Indiana

  47. Michigan

  48. South Carolina

  49. Alabama

  50. Pennsylvania


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