According to recent analysis by personal finance site WalletHub, Texas has the 2nd lowest percentage of high school diploma holders of any state in the U.S. The only state to have fewer is California.
If that doesn’t sound like great news, here’s more.
As is shown in WalletHub’s “Most and Least Educated States” list, compiled using analysis of measurements like graduation rates and racial and gender gaps in degree attainment, Texas isn’t holding its own when it comes to education is several other areas as well.
Although the state ranked 18th on the “quality of education and attainment gap” sublist, which considered factors like the quality of a state’s public school system and the number of people enrolled in top universities in the state, it came in at No. 42 on the “educational attainment” sublist. This list measured the percentage of adults older than 25 who had a high school, college and graduate degree.
Based on how Texas ranked on both these individual lists, WalletHub ranked the state as the 9th overall least-educated state.