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Report: Minnesota, N.D. among most educated states

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- North Dakotans and Minnesotans are among the states with the highest educational attainment in the country, according to a report by a private foundation focused on education.

With 44.7 percent of the working-age population holding at least a two-year college degree, North Dakota is No. 10 among the states, the Lumina Foundation report said. That rate in Minnesota was 46.6 percent, making the state No. 3.

The national average was 38.7 percent.

The Lumina Foundation report, released last week, provides higher education attainment rates for adults ages 25 to 64 in every state based on 2011 U.S. census data and other sources. As more and more jobs in the state and nationwide require academic degrees, the foundation is encouraging the nation to reach a 60 percent attainment rate by 2025.

The top-ranked states were Massachusetts, 50.8 percent with degrees; and Colorado: 47 percent. Lowest ranked was West Virginia with 27.8 percent.

To see the report online, go to

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