Indiana ranks toward bottom of 'smartest states' study

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Indiana ranked toward the bottom in a recent study ranking the smartest states.

The study conducted by Safe Home ranked all 50 states plus D.C. from "smartest" to "dumbest."

Rankings were based on education achievement and test scores.

Here are the individual categories:

  • Adults 25 or older with a bachelor's degree
  • High school graduation rates in 2017
  • Median SAT scores in the 2018-2019 school year
  • Average percentage of ACT takers meeting subject benchmarks

Overall Indiana ranked No. 38 out of 51 (again, D.C. was included). However, the Midwest had the "highest average score" followed by the Northeast, South and West.

Idaho ranked in last place with a score of 79.5 while New Jersey came in first with a score of 337.8.