New Jersey is a little smarter than the rest of the nation.
Well, maybe not smarter — we’ve all seen that driver who can’t remember what a blinker is for and cuts you off with no warning (not that I’m bitter or anything) — but we are more educated.
About 37 percent of the state’s adults age 25 and over have a college education, compared to 29 percent in the U.S. overall, according to the 2012-2016 Census snapshot.
New Jersey has the third-highest household income in the nation, making college more accessible to young adults and working residents continuing their education. (In January, we took a look at the most educated towns in the state.)
In contrast, the least educated municipalities are some of the poorest in the state, where a combination of low income, lack of affordable colleges, and language and legal barriers make it harder to earn a degree. Here’s the least educated communities in New Jersey:
A note about the data: Data from the 2012-2016 American Community Survey on educational attainment for residents over the age of 25. Municipalities with a high margin of error were excluded.