Which States Are The Best (& Worst) At Math

We gave adults across the country a numeracy test and here is what we found out…

We thought it would be fun/interesting to take a few questions from a UK numeracy test created by National Numeracy and ask adults across the US to see what the results were.

The questions were rated by National Numeracy as being of different difficulty levels so we selected one question from their entry level, one question from their bronze level, one question from their silver level and two from their advanced level. Giving us a total of 5 questions.

We had 1,580 individuals complete the test with at least 30 adults from each state. It is important to note that we did NOT ask our readers because broadly speaking the level of numeracy is likely to be much higher than the general public. We wanted a map of numeracy levels among “average” Americans.

We took an average score of correct answers for each question then combined these scores to provide a final average and to determine a numeracy score for each state.

Here are the results:

Top 10 States for Numeracy

Vermont
Wisconsin
North Dakota
Connecticut
North Carolina
Maine
Illinois
Massachusetts
Colorado
New Hampshire

Worst 10 States for Numeracy

South Dakota
Montana
Alabama
New Jersey
New Mexico
Wyoming
Texas
California
Louisiana
South Carolina

So Vermont and South Dakota are the winners and losers respectively!

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  1. Howard Phillips April 4, 2017
  2. Rene Esquivel April 6, 2017

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