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It’s official: Massachusetts is the smartest state

Gathering the studies and surveys that testify we’re tops.

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The Washington Post recently named Massachusetts the smartest state in the nation. In 2014, using different metrics, investing website thestreet.com reached the same conclusion. Here’s some intelligence we gathered.

> 104.3 — Estimated state IQ, according to a 2006 study

> 1st — Where Massachusetts ranked in that study

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> 38.2% — Percentage of state’s adult population with bachelor’s degrees

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> 1st — Where Massachusetts ranks

> 16.4% — Percentage of state’s adult population with advanced degrees

> 1st — Where Massachusetts ranks

> 8 — Number of Massachusetts communities among the 50 “smartest cities” in the nation, according to the website luminosity.com (Cambridge, Amherst, Somerville, Lexington, Brighton, Watertown, Waltham, Natick)

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> 6 — Number of 2016 Rhodes Scholars who are from Massachusetts or attend school here

> 107 — The Number of MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” fellows living in Massachusetts at the time of their awards, 1981-2013

> 1,200 — Approximate number of members in the Boston chapter of Mensa, which covers the eastern half of the state

> 92 — Number of Massachusetts schools in U.S. News’s2015 rankings of best high schools

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Sources: The Washington Post; thestreet.com; U.S. News & World Report; US Census; The Boston Globe; luminosity.com; BostonMagazine.com; Boston.com; huntingtontheatre.org; IMDB