Best States No. 1: Massachusetts
With MIT, Harvard and dozens of other colleges and universities, it's no surprise Massachusetts is tops in the education and experience level of its workforce.
The state is No. 1 in the percentage of the adult population with a bachelor degree or higher (39.1 percent). The state is also No. 1 in the share of the private sector employed in managerial, professional and technical occupations (37.9 percent), and No. 5 in employment in IT occupations in non-IT industries as a share of private sector employment (2.8 percent).
Massachusetts is No. 2 (behind No. 1 Vermont) in the average education level of recent migrants from within the U.S. aged 25 and over. That means Massachusetts not only has a lot of graduates coming out of its colleges and universities but also attracts a lot of smart people from elsewhere in the country. The state ranks No. 12 in the average level of education of recent immigrants from abroad aged 25 and older.