The Human Intelligence Quotient, or IQ, has long been a measure of cognitive capabilities, with its scores offering insights into both individuals and larger populations. On a national level, the average IQ of the United States is reported to be 98. However, this single value fails to capture the vast disparities between different states. By analyzing public data from IQ tests, SAT and ACT scores, and educational attainment levels, this article takes a more granular look at the "Average IQ by State" in the U.S., revealing not just average values but the patterns and regional nuances that shape this distribution.
Key findings from the data include:
Scaling the peak of the list is Massachusetts, reaching the first rank with an average IQ score of 104.3. Renowned for its high-ranking educational institutions, including Harvard University and MIT, it's plausible that the state's rich academic environment significantly contributes to its elevated IQ levels.
Holding the second position, New Hampshire flaunts an average IQ of 104.2. Tied for third place are North Dakota and Vermont with an equal average IQ of 103.8. Minnesota, known for its thriving economy and well-regarded schools, ranks at the fifth position with an average IQ of 103.7. Followed by Montana and Maine, which both have recorded an average IQ of 103.4 - securing the 6th rank.
Iowa, often associated with its quality education system, appears next in the list with an average IQ of 103.2. Coming in 9th place, we have Connecticut with an average IQ of 103.1, while Wisconsin wraps up the top 10 with an average IQ of 102.9.
States with the highest IQ: