Yes, the IQ test is controversial, but it’s one of the few consistent metrics we have. Here’s how the states compare.
People are getting dumber, according to science.
There are a lot of theories why IQ tests are falling. Some say it’s bad food, poor schools, or obscene amounts of screen time. Others suggest it’s a matter of people with lower IQs having more kids, who inherit their lower numbers.
You’ve seen Idiocracy, right?
The thing is, there’s a lot of variation among the U.S. states in terms of IQ averages. So while the nation as a whole averages roughly a 98 IQ, individual states range as much as six points higher or four points below the national average.
In another recent article, we compiled and listed the average life expectancy in each of the 50 states, which proved to be a worthy exercise.
So, here are the estimated average IQ rates for residents of each U.S. state, as compiled by Michael McDaniel, formerly a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, and reported by The Washington Post.
It’s worth noting that the IQ test in and of itself is controversial to begin with. The Post in fact ranked states according to not just IQ test, but also average SAT and ACT score, along with the overall percentage of college graduates.
But as imperfect as the IQ test is, at least it’s a consistent metric. Here are the results.
New Hampshire 104.2
North Dakota 103.8
New Jersey 102.8
South Dakota 102.8
New York 100.7
North Carolina 100.2
Rhode Island 99.5
West Virginia 98.7
South Carolina 98.4
New Mexico 95.7