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Least-Educated State: 2,471,189 California Residents 25 and Older Never Completed 9th Grade; Highest Percentage in Nation

California once again ranked No. 1 among the 50 states for the percentage of its residents 25 and older who have never completed ninth grade and 50th for the percentage who have at least graduated from high school, according to new five-year estimates (2014-2018) released Thursday by the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.

California, as CNSNews.com reported last year, also ranked No. 1 for the percentage who never completed ninth grade and No. 50 for the percentage who had graduated from high school in the five-year estimates (2013-2017) the Census Bureau released in December 2018.

In California, according to the new five-year estimate, 2,471,189 residents 25 and older had never completed ninth grade.

That equaled 9.4 percent of the state’s total 2018 population of residents 25 and older.

Texas ranked second with 8.5 percent (1,506,111) of its 25-and-older population having never completed ninth grade.

New York ranked third with 6.3 percent (857,177) of its 25-and-oder population having never completed ninth grade.

New Mexico ranked fourth with 6.2 percent (86,723) of its 25-and-older population having never completed ninth grade.

Kentucky ranked fifth with 5.8 percent (174,998) of its 25-and-older population having never completed ninth grade.

The five states with the smallest percentages of residents 25 and older who never finished ninth grade were Wyoming (1.9 percent), Montana (2 percent), New Hampshire (2.2 percent), Vermont (2.3 percent) and Alaska (2.6 percent).

The 2,471,189 people 25 and older in California who never finished ninth grade exceeded the total populations of 15 states. (See chart below.)

Similarly, only 82.9 percent of California residents 25 and older had at least graduated from high school. That ranked California last among the 50 states for this metric.

Texas ranked 49th among the 50 states with 83.2 percent of its residents 25 and older having at least graduated from high school.

Mississippi ranked 48th with 83.9 percent; Louisiana ranked 47th with 84.8 percent; and New Mexico ranked 46th 85.3 percent.

At the other end of the scale, Montana ranked No. 1 with 93.2 percent of its residents 25 and older having at least graduated from high school.

Minnesota ranked No. 1 with 93 percent; New Hampshire ranked No. 3 with 92.9 percent’ Wyoming ranked No. 4 with 92.9 percent; and Alaska ranked No. 5 with 92.7 percent.

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