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Yes, New Jersey we are really that smart! According to a study conducted by PennStakes, the Garden State ranks in the top 10 of the most intelligent states in the U.S.

The gambling site concluded that New Jersey is amongst the top 10 by “creating an index that considered six key factors, with each factor weighted according to its importance and influence.”

The factors are as follows:

With a weighted score out of 30:

  • The percentage of the population with an Advanced Degree, with data collected from the United States Census Bureau.

With a weighted score out of 20:

  • The percentage of the population with a Bachelor’s Degree, with data collected from the United States Census Bureau.
  • Average IQ scores, with data collected from Pesta (2022).

The combined score for both factors is out of 40.

With a weighted score out of 10:

  • The percentage of the population with a High School Diploma, with data collected from the United States Census Bureau.
  • Mean SAT score, with data collected from Scholarship Institute.
  • Average ACT score, with data collected from Test Geek.

The combined score for all three is out of 30.

The site then combined the scores to provide a final score out of 100. The higher the score, the smarter the state.

Take a look at where New Jersey ranks and the rest of the top 10 smartest states below:

  • 10. Washington


    The official travel and tourism website for the State of Washington. Find visitor guides, travel inspiration, and planning tools for your next vacation

    Score: 60.3

  • 9. Minnesota

    Minnesota Vacations & Travel Guide: Explore Minnesota

    Your complete inspiration and travel planning guide to the state of Minnesota, with trip ideas, lodging, attractions, events, free brochures and more. Find Minnesota resorts, campgrounds, and events, plus Minnesota activities like hiking, biking, shopping, theater, and arts on

    Score: 67.0

  • 8. Colorado

    Colorado Tourism - Official Colorado Vacation Guide

    Plan your Colorado vacation activities, lodging and more online at The Official Site of Colorado Tourism, Find things to do on the state of Colorado's official travel site.

    Score: 69.4

  • 7. New Jersey

    New Jersey Travel Guide

    National Geographic's latest travel stories about New Jersey

    Score: 69.5

  • 6. New Hampshire

    Welcome to New Hampshire

    Plan Your New Hampshire vacation! Where to Stay, Things to Do, Places to Eat and so much more.

    Score: 70.5

  • 5. Vermont

    Southern Vermont Deerfield Valley | Visit Vermont

    Explore the Deerfield Valley, a world-class destination in the heart of the Green Mountains. Natural beauty, community, and culinary delights await!

    Score: 72.2

  • 4. Virginia

    Visit Virginia | Virginia is for Lovers

    Visit Virginia's official tourism website for travel info and vacation planning. Explore our cities and towns, find fun things to do, and discover unique places to stay. Order our free travel guide and sign up for our newsletters for regular trip inspo.

    Score: 72.5

  • 3. Maryland

    Discover Maryland: Your Guide to Adventure |

    You made it! Thanks for stopping by. We're confident that you'll find all sorts of inspiring and useful things here. But sometimes it's tough to dig through it all. Are you more blue crabs by the bay or trails, rides, and hikes all day?

    Score: 72.8

  • 2. Connecticut


    Family day trips. Romantic getaways. Upcoming events. Connecticut's best kept dining, lodging, and attractions. Start your visit here! Official CT Tourism site.

    Score: 73.8

  • 1. Massachusetts

    Massachusetts Tourism Vacation Guide, Attractions, & Events - Visit Massachusetts

    Visit Massachusetts has the best travel and vacation guides when visiting Massachusetts. Check out our website before your next visit to Massachusetts.

    Score: 93.9

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