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Analysis: Arizona among top 10 least intelligent states

Published: Nov. 19, 2015 at 11:46 PM MST|Updated: Jan. 15, 2016 at 12:04 AM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - According to at least one survey, people in the state of Arizona are not the brightest.

The Washington Post ranked all 50 states in terms of an "intelligence index," and Arizona was ranked No. 41 on the list.

The Washington Post's "The Fix" section came up with the analysis as a rebuttal of sorts to a comment by Donald Trump, who asked a group of voters why Iowans were so "stupid" that they favored candidate Ben Carson instead of him.

Massachusetts was ranked as the "most intelligent" state, followed by Minnesota and New Hampshire.

Hawaii came in last on the list, while Nevada was No. 49 and Mississippi was No. 48.

How did the Post do their analysis? They looked at:

  • IQ scores (Arizona’s estimated average was 97.4. The state with the highest estimated IQ score was New Hampshire, at 104.2)
  • 2015 SAT scores (Arizona’s average score was 1552, which meant it tied for 26th-highest with Massachusetts.)
  • 2015 ACT scores (Arizona’s average composite score was 19.1, the lowest in the nation; the national average was 21.)
  • The percentage of college graduates in each state (About 27 percent of Arizonans have completed college, according to the U.S. Census Bureau; that’s about 11 percentage points lower than the national average.)

The Washington Post has pointed out that any ranking of intelligence is subjective and has built-in racial and socio-economic bias.

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