This is necessarily hard to figure out, of course, given that "stupid" is inherently contextual and subjective. In order to figure out how smart each state was, we looked at objective measures we had at our disposal. Specifically:
- IQ, as estimated by Virginia Commonwealth's Michael McDaniel in 2006
- 2015 SAT scores, compiled by The Post
- 2015 ACT scores, via the company that administers the tests
- The percentage of college graduates in the state, compiled by the Census Bureau
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