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42 North Carolina Stores Caught Overcharging For Items

With prices skyrocketing around us it can seem like what you are being charged is incorrect. And honestly, it might be. Every year the state government audits stores. And this year the number of North Carolina grocery stores they found overcharging for items is well above normal. WRAL reports that while fines normally total around $40,000 or $50,00 this year they exceeded $500,000. 38 stores are listed below that paid fines for overcharging consumers.

This is monitored by the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in an attempt to keep stores honest. They believe many of the issues come from a lack of staff making it harder for stores to keep up. This essentially means that when rung up prices are showing higher than what they are marked on the shelves. One example according to WRAL is the Walmart Supercenter in Raleigh. Auditors looked at 300 items and found that 25 were priced incorrectly. As a result, they were hit with a $5,000 fine.

If you are shopping and realize an item rings up for a different price than advertised make sure to bring it to the attention of a manager. If you’d like to report a store for violations call 984-236-4750. Stores can be issued fines even if what they are doing isn’t breaking the law.

Source WRAL

The 38 North Carolina Stores Overcharging For Items

  • Walmart (Belmont)

    Address: 701 Hawley Ave., Belmont

    Fine: $2,685

    Initial Error Rate: 10%

    Walmart

  • Walmart (North Tryon)

    Address: 7735 North Tryon St., Charlotte

    Fine: $9,785

    Initial Error Rate: 7%

    Walmart

  • Dollar General (The Plaza)

    Address: 7322 The Plaza, Charlotte

    Fine: $10,000

    Initial Error Rate: 40%

    Dollar General

     

  • Dollar General (Albemarle Road)

    Address: 10018 Albemarle Road, Charlotte

    Fine: $10,000

    Initial Error Rate: 24%

    Dollar General

  • Walmart (Pineville Matthews Road)

    Address: 3209 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte

    Fine: $3,510

    Initial Error Rate: 3%

    Walmart

  • Walmart (Indian Trail)

    Address: 2101 Younts Road, Indian Trail

    Fine: $11,745

    Initial Error Rate: 4%

    Walmart

  • Dollar General (Marshville)

    Address: 505 Jones St., Marshville

    Fine: $10,000

    Initial Error Rate: 20%

    Dollar General

  • Dollar General (Hwy 74)

    Address: 8049 U.S. Highway 74

    Fine: $2,625

    Initial Error Rate: 8%

    Dollar General

  • Dollar General (Wadesboro)

    Address: 1301 E. Caswell Street, Wadesboro

    Fine: $2,025

    Initial Error Rate: 18%

    Dollar General

  • Dollar General (Asheboro)

    Address: 435 N.C. Highway 49 S., Asheboro

    Fine: $5,595

    Initial Error Rate: 6%

    Dollar General

  • CVS Pharmacy (Asheville)

    Address: 440 E. Dixie Drive, Asheboro

    Fine: $795

    Initial Error Rate: 6%

    CVS Pharmacy

  • Walmart (Greensboro)

    Address: 121 W. Elmsley Drive, Greensboro

    Fine: $1,995

    Initial Error Rate: 5%

    Walmart

  • Family Dollar (Winston Salem)

    Address: 3501 South Main St., Winston-Salem

    Fine: $7,510

    Initial Error Rate: 30%

    Family Dollar

  • Dollar General (Yadkinville)

    Address: 103 Willow St., Yadkinville

    Fine: $6,595

    Initial Error Rate: 30%

    Dollar General

  • Advance Auto (Yadkinville)

    Address: 947 South State St., Yadkinville

    Fine: $6,225

    Initial Error: 16%

    Advance Auto Part

  • Dollar General (Mount Airy)

    Address: 514 N. Renfro St., Mt. Airy

    Fine: $8,110

    Initial Error Rate: 16%

    Dollar General

  • Ingles (West Jefferson)

    Address: 60 Ashemont Drive, West Jefferson

    Fine: $3,270

    Initial Error Rate: 6%

  • Advance Auto (Boone)

    Address: 1335 Highway 421, Boone

    Fine: $1,035

    Initial Error Rate: 16%

  • Dollar General (Vass)

    Address: 4500 Lebelia Road, Vass

    Fine: $6,950

    Initial Error Rate: 8%

    Dollar General

  • Family Dollar (Goldsboro)

    Address: 102 Five Points Road, Goldsboro

    Fine: $13,305

    Initial Error Rate: 18%

    Family Dollar

  • Dollar General (Four Oaks)

    Address: 6064 U.S. Highway 301 S., Four Oaks

    Fine: $6,695

    Initial Error Rate: 30%

    Dollar General

  • Family Dollar (Wilmington St Raleigh)

    Address: 3210-101 South Wilmington St., Raleigh

    Fine: $11,730

    Initial Error Rate: 10%

    Family Dollar

  • Family Dollar (Raleigh)

    Address: 3605 Amber Lane, Raleigh

    Fine: $7,600

    Initial Error Rate: 22%

    Family Dollar

  • Target (North Hills)

    Address: 4191 The Circle At North Raleigh, Raleigh

    Fine: $6,245

    Initial Error Rate: 6%

    Target

  • Advance Auto (Glenwood)

    Address: 7201-100 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh

    Fine: $3,845

    Initial Error Rate: 34%

  • Target (Hwy 70)

    Address: 4841 Grove Barton Road, Raleigh

    Fine: $9,760

    Initial Error Rate: 11%

    Target

  • Dollar General (Falls of Neuse)

    Address: 1131 Falls River Ave., Raleigh

    Fine: $7,925

    Initial Error Rate: 8%

    Dollar General

  • Dollar General (Durham)

    Address: 4623 Hillsborough Road, Durham

    Fine: $4,305

    Initial Error Rate: 16%

    Dollar General

  • Walmart (Oxford)

    Address: 105 Lewis St., Oxford

    Fine: $6,425

    Initial Error Rate: 13%

    Walmart

  • Advance Auto (Henderson)

    Address: 390 Raleigh Road, Henderson

    Fine: $3,345

    Initial Error Rate: 14%

  • Family Dollar (Henderson)

    Address: 1414 E. Andrews Ave., Henderson

    Fine: $7,975

    Initial Error Rate: 30%

    Family Dollar

  • Dollar General (Stovall)

    Address: 108 Highway 15 N., Stovall

    Fine: $2,985

    Initial Error Rate: 16%

    Dollar General

  • Dollar General (Lake Waccamaw)

    Address: 124 East Sam Potts Highway, Lake Waccamaw

    Fine: $1,005

    Initial Error Rate: 20%

    Dollar General

     

  • Walmart (Wilmington)

    Address: 5226 Sigmon Road, Wilmington

    Fine: $6,870

    Initial Error Rate: 3%

    Walmart

  • Dollar General (Edenton)

    Address: 1503 Virginia Road, Edenton

    Fine: $15,000

    Initial Error Rate: 16%

    Dollar General

  • Dollar General (Hertford)

    Address: 1035 Holiday Island Road, Hertford

    Fine: $2,190

    Initial Error Rate: 14%

    Dollar General

  • Dollar General (Tyner)

    Address: 2803 Virginia Road, Tyner

    Fine: $14,380

    Initial Error Rate: 14%

    Dollar General

  • Dollar General (Waves)

    Address: 26038 NC 12, Waves

    Fine: $5,000

    Initial Error Rate: 32%

    Dollar General

  • 4 North Carolina Cities Rank As Least Educated

    4 North Carolina Cities Ranks As One Of The Least Educated

    • 100. Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ

      Pennsylvania

      Pennsylvania Welcomes You road sign at the state border

      Total Score: 48.57

      Educational Attainment: 97

      Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 94

    • 101. Greensboro-High Point, NC

      Greensboro skyline

      Greensboro, North Carolina skyline from the west. (Photo: Raynor Garey/Getty Images)

      Total Score: 48.41

      Educational Attainment: 105

      Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 37

    • 102. Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL

      Florida

      Florida directional sign

      Total Score: 48.16

      Educational Attainment: 98

      Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 103

    • 103. Toledo, OH

      Ohio

      WELCOME TO OHIO – traffic sign message

      Total Score: 47.29

      Educational Attainment: 104

      Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 92

    • 104. Memphis, TN

      Recreation

      Beale St, Memphis

      Total Score: 46.59

      Educational Attainment: 103

      Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 114

    • 105. San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX

      Total Score:

      Educational Attainment:

      Quality of Education & Attainment Gap:

    • 106. Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL

      Florida

      Florida directional sign

      Total Score: 46.40

      Educational Attainment: 107

      Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 93

    • 107. Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC

      South Carolina

      Total Score: 46.36

      Educational Attainment: 111

      Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 36

    • 108. Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

      Iowa

      Iowa state of United States flag on flagpole textile cloth fabric waving on the top sunrise mist fog

      Total Score:46.32

      Educational Attainment: 102

      Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 141

    • 109. Fort Wayne, IN

      Indiana

      Aerial view over the downtown city skyline of Fort Wayne Indiana USA

      Total Score: 46.08

      Educational Attainment: 108

      Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 86

    • 110. Tulsa, OK

      Oklahoma

      Total Score: 45.36

      Educational Attainment: 110

      Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 102

    • 111. Winston-Salem, NC

      Winston Salem

      Winston-Salem North Carolina NC Downtown Skyline Aerial at Sunset.

      Total Score: 45.20

      Educational Attainment: 120

      Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 19

    • 112. Chattanooga, TN-GA

      Tennessee

      Tennessee welcomes you sign at he state border

      Total Score: 44.92

      Educational Attainment: 112

      Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 77

    • 113. Baton Rouge, LA

      Louisiana

      Louisiana stateline sign

      Total Score: 44.91

      Educational Attainment: 114

      Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 65

    • 114. Fayetteville, NC

      Fayettevile

      The turnabout on Hay Street passes by a historic location in Fayetteville NC

      Total Score: 44.88

      Educational Attainment: 116

      Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 51

    • 115. Salisbury, MD-DE

      Maryland

      Total Score: 44.16

      Educational Attainment: 106

      Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 143

    • 116. Salem, OR

      Oregon

      Travelers will be welcomed to Oregon by this sign on I-5

      Total Score: 43.45

      Educational Attainment: 121

      Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 45

    • 117. Port St. Lucie, FL

      Florida

      Florida directional sign

      Total Score: 42.87

      Educational Attainment: 119

      Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 99

    • 118. Killeen-Temple, TX

      Texas

      State flag of Texas waving in the wind. Dramatic sky background. 3d illustration.

      Total Score: 42.83

      Educational Attainment: 113

      Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 125

    • 119. Augusta-Richmond Country, CA-SC

      Augusta Georgia Downtown

      Total Score: 42.12

      Educational Attainment: 117

      Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 129

    • 120. Vallejo, CA

      California

      California state – road sign map

      Total Score: 41.93

      Educational Attainment: 109

      Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 148

    • 121. Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL

      Daytona 500

      DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 20: Austin Cindric, driver of the #2 Discount Tire Ford, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Cup Series 64th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 20, 2022 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

      Total Score: 41.33

      Educational Attainment: 118

      Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 138

    • 122. Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

      Nevada

      Aerial view of Las Vegas strip in Nevada as seen at night USA

      Total Score: 41.25

      Educational Attainment: 126

      Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 32

    • 123. Gulfport-Biloxi, MS

      Mississippi

      Mississippi State welcome sign along the US Highway 61 in the USA; Concept for travel in America and Road Trip in America

      Total Score: 41.13

      Educational Attainment: 122

      Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 108

    • 124. Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, PA

      Pennsylvania

      Pennsylvania Welcomes You road sign at the state border

      Total Score: 40.42

      Educational Attainment: 123

      Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 119

    • 125. Shreveport-Bossier City, LA

      Louisiana

      Total Score: 40.09

      Educational Attainment: 125

      Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 101

    • 126. Lancaster, PA

      Pennsylvania

      Pennsylvania Welcomes You road sign at the state border

      Total Score: 39.67

      Educational Attainment: 128

      Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 73

    • 127. Flint, MI

      Michigan

      Michigan Welcome Sign – summer time.

      Total Score: 39.49

      Educational Attainment: 124

      Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 126

    • 128. Canton-Massillon, OH

      Ohio

      WELCOME TO OHIO – traffic sign message

      Total Score: 39.48

      Educational Attainment: 129

      Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 75

    • 129. York-Hanover, PA

      Pennsylvania

      Pennsylvania Welcomes You road sign at the state border

      Total Score: 39.10

      Educational Attainment: 127

      Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 98

    • 130. Reading, PA

      Pennsylvania

      Pennsylvania Welcomes You road sign at the state border

      Total Score: 37.17

      Educational Attainment: 131

      Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 113

    • 131. Rockford, IL

      Illinois

      Total Score: 36.92

      Educational Attainment: 130

      Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 131

    • 132. Mobile, AL

      Alabama

      Total Score: 36.88

      Educational Attainment: 132

      Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 80

    • 133. Lafayette, LA

      Louisiana

      Louisiana stateline sign

      Total Score: 36.17

      Educational Attainment: 137

      Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 6

    • 134. Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA

      Ohio

      WELCOME TO OHIO – traffic sign message

      Total Score: 35.22

      Educational Attainment: 133

      Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 88

    • 135. Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH

      West Virginia

      West Virginia flag on a flagpole waving in the wind, blue sky background. 3d rendering.

      Total Score: 34.97

      Educational Attainment: 134

      Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 64

    • 136. Riverside-San Bernardino- Ontario, CA

      Riverside

      Daytime skyline aerial view of downtown Riverside, California, USA.

      Total Score: 33.48

      Educational Attainment: 136

      Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 67

    • 137. Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL

      Florida

      Florida directional sign

      Total Score: 32.21

      Educational Attainment: 140

      Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 61

    • 138. El Paso, TX

      Texas

      State flag of Texas waving in the wind. Dramatic sky background. 3d illustration.

      Total Score: 31.90

      Educational Attainment: 139

      Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 81

    • 139. Fresno, CA

      California

      California state – road sign map

      Total Score:

      Educational Attainment:

      Quality of Education & Attainment Gap:

    • 140. Salinas, CA

      California

      California state – road sign map

      Total Score: 29.61

      Educational Attainment: 141

      Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 115

    • 141. Corpus Christi,TX

      Texas

      State flag of Texas waving in the wind. Dramatic sky background. 3d illustration.

      Total Score: 29.26

      Educational Attainment: 138

      Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 139

    • 142. Ocala, FL

      Florida

      Florida directional sign

      Total Score: 28.74

      Educational Attainment: 135

      Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 149

    • 143. Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX

      Texas

      State flag of Texas waving in the wind. Dramatic sky background. 3d illustration.

      Total Score: 28.08

      Educational Attainment: 143

      Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 96

    • 144. Stockton, CA

      California

      California state – road sign map

      Total Score: 25.84

      Educational Attainment: 145

      Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 97

    • 145. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC

      Hickory

      Downtown Hickory NC

      Total Score: 24.75

      Educational Attainment: 144

      Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 145

    • 146. Modesto, CA

      California

      California state – road sign map

      Total Score: 20.58

      Educational Attainment: 146

      Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 142

    • 147. Bakersfield, CA

      Total Score: 16.74

      Educational Attainment: 147

      Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 136

    • 148. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX

      Texas

      State flag of Texas waving in the wind. Dramatic sky background. 3d illustration.

      Total Score: 14.88

      Educational Attainment: 150

      Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 9

    • 149. Brownsville-Harlingen, TX

      Texas

      State flag of Texas waving in the wind. Dramatic sky background. 3d illustration.

      Total Score: 10.34

      Educational Attainment: 149

      Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 121

    • 150. Visalia, CA

      California

      California state – road sign map

      Total Score: 9.09

      Educational Attainment: 148

      Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 147

    • Most Educated Cities

      Two North Carolina Cities Are Among The Most Educated In The Country

      • 30. Lansing-East Lansing, MI

        Landing

        Lansing, Michigan, USA at the Michigan State Capitol during the evening.

        Total Score: 62.3

        Educational Attainment: 38

        Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 26

      • 29. Urban Honolulu, HI

        Honolulu

        Beautiful rainbow over the Hawaii skyline

        Total Score: 62.49

        Educational Attainment:

        Quality of Education & Attainment Gap:

      • 28. Asheville, NC

        Asheville

        Asheville, North Carolina, USA at twilight.

        Total Score: 62.61

        Educational Attainment: 38

        Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 26

      • 27. Hartford-East Hartford-Middletown, CT

        Connecticut

        Total Score: 64.07

        Educational Attainment: 21

        Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 127

      • 26. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA

        Total Score: 64.97

        Educational Attainment: 28

        Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 20

      • 25. New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA

        New York city

        NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 27: A view of the skyline from the Allspring Global Investments: New Brand Launch at PEAK at Hudson Yards on April 27, 2022 in New York City.

        Total Score: 65.23

        Educational Attainment: 27

        Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 16

      • 24. Lexington-Fayette, KY

        Lexington

        Aerial view of Jacobson Park Lake and Richmond Road in Lexington, Kentucky

        Total Score: 66.17

        Educational Attainment: 23

        Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 31

      • 23. Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD

        Maryland

        Total Score: 67.07

        Educational Attainment: 18

        Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 118

      • 22. San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad, CA

        San Diego

        Total Score: 67.13

        Educational Attainment: 25

        Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 3

      • 21. Huntsville, AL

        Huntsville

        Huntsville, Alabama, USA park and downtown cityscape at twilight.

        Total Score: 67.41

        Educational Attainment: 24

        Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 12

      • 20. Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY

        Albany

        The New York State Capitol Building in Albany, home of the New York State Assembly. Monument of General Sherman on horseback.

        Total Score: 67.58

        Educational Attainment: 20

        Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 83

      • 19. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

        Minneapolis

        Image of Minneapolis downtown skyline at sunset.

        Total Score: 68.12

        Educational Attainment: 13

        Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 116

      • 18. Tallahassee, FL

        Tallahassee

        Aerial photo Downtown Tallahassee Florida State Capitol

        Total Score: 68.47

        Educational Attainment: 22

        Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 7

      • 17. Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

        Portland

        Portland, Oregon, USA downtown skyline with Mt. Hood at dawn.

        Total Score: 69.24

        Educational Attainment: 19

        Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 50

      • 16. Portland-South Portland, ME

        Portland

        Portland, Maine, USA coastal townscape on Portland Harbor.

        Total Score: 69.58

        Educational Attainment: 16

        Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 70

      • 15. Trenton-Princeton, NJ

        Trenton

        The capital statehouse of New Jersey lights up as the sun sets the Delaware River in the background city of Trenton

        Total Score: 70.11

        Educational Attainment: 15

        Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 71

      • 14. Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

        Denver

        Total Score: 70.78

        Educational Attainment: 12

        Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 79

      • 13. Colorado Springs, CO

        Colorado Springs

        Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA.

        Total Score: 71.64

        Educational Attainment: 14

        Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 30

      • 12. Provo-Orem, UT

        Provo

        Aerial view of Provo City, Utah, Y Mountain, Brigham Young University, and surrounded neighborhoods

        Total Score: 71.73

        Educational Attainment: 17

        Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 24

      • 11. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT

        Bridgeport

        Fayerweather Island, Black Rock Harbor, Bridgeport, Connecticut, lighthouse

        Total Score: 71.96

        Educational Attainment: 8

        Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 146

      • 10. Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown, TX

        Austin

        Total Score: 73.84

        Educational Attainment: 11

        Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 13

      • 9. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

        Seattle

        Panoramic view of Seattle cityscape and Space Needle at sunset, Washington, USA

        Total Score: 75.34

        Educational Attainment: 10

        Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 14

      • 8. Raleigh-Cary, NC

        Total Score: 77.08

        Educational Attainment: 7

        Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 44

      • 7. Durham-Chapel Hill, NC

        Durham NC

        Durham, North Carolina, USA downtown cityscape.

        Total Score: 78.06

        Educational Attainment: 9

        Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 4

      • 6. Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH

        Boston

        Boston, Massachusetts, USA skyline over Boston Common.

        Total Score: 78.26

        Educational Attainment: 6

        Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 47

      • 5. San Fransisco-Oakland-Berkeley, CA

        San Fransisco

        The crookedest street in the world Lombard street at dawn. San Francisco is lightened by morning sun.

        Total Score: 80.77

        Educational Attainment: 4

        Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 17

      • 4. Madison, WI

        Madison

        Madison, Wisconsin, USA downtown skyline on Lake Monona in the daytime.

        Total Score: 80.83

        Educational Attainment: 2

        Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 49

      • 3. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

        Total Score: 81.78

        Educational Attainment: 3

        Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 27

      • 2. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

        San Jose

        Total Score: 82.03

        Educational Attainment: 5

        Quality of Education & Attainment Gap: 5

      • 1. Ann Arbor, MI

        Ann Arbor

        University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. This campus is known as the Law Quad. The buildings show the Lawyers Club, a dormitory.

        Total Score:

        Educational Attainment:

        Quality of Education & Attainment Gap:

      • Methodology (From WalletHub)

        To identify the most and least educated cities in America, WalletHub compared the 150 most populated U.S. metropolitan statistical areas, or MSAs, across two key dimensions, including “Educational Attainment” and “Quality of Education & Attainment Gap.”

        We evaluated those dimensions using 11 relevant metrics, which are listed below with their corresponding weights. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the highest educational attainment and quality of education. For metrics marked with two asterisks (**), we used the square root of the population to calculate the population size in order to avoid overcompensating for minor differences across cities.

        Finally, we determined each metro area’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate its overall score and used the resulting scores to rank-order our sample.

        Educational Attainment – Total Points: 80

        • Share of Adults Aged 25 & Older with a High School Diploma or Higher: Full Weight (~20.00 Points)
        • Share of Adults Aged 25 & Older with at Least Some College Experience or an Associate’s Degree or Higher: Full Weight (~20.00 Points)
        • Share of Adults Aged 25 & Older with a Bachelor’s Degree or Higher: Full Weight (~20.00 Points)
        • Share of Adults Aged 25 & Older with a Graduate or Professional Degree: Full Weight (~20.00 Points)

        Quality of Education & Attainment Gap – Total Points: 20

        • Quality of Public School System: Double Weight (~4.44 Points)
          Note: This metric is based on GreatSchools.org’s ratings of U.S. public schools.
        • Average Quality of Universities: Double Weight (~4.44 Points)
          Note: This metric is based on WalletHub “College & University” rankings report.
        • Enrolled Students in Top 1,015 Universities per Capita: Full Weight (~2.22 Points)
          Note: This metric is based on WalletHub “College & University” rankings report.
        • Number of Summer Learning Opportunities per Capita**: Full Weight (~2.22 Points)
        • Racial Education Gap*: Full Weight (~2.22 Points)
          Note: This metric specifically measures the difference between the percentage of black bachelor’s degree holders and the percentage of their white counterparts.
        • Gender Education Gap*: Full Weight (~2.22 Points)
          Note: This metric specifically measures the difference between the percentage of female bachelor’s degree holders and the percentage of their male counterparts.
        • Education Equality Index Score: Full Weight (~2.22 Points)
          Note: The Education Equality Index (EEI) is a comparative measure of the achievement gap between students from low-income families, as measured by participation in the free and reduced price lunch program, and their more advantaged peers. The EEI compares the proportion of students from low-income families who are proficient on a state assessment to all students across the state who took that same grade or subject level assessment.

        *Additional context: In metro areas where women have an advantage over men and black people have an advantage over white people, we gave extra credit compared to the metro areas with no gender-based/racial inequality.

        Sources: Data used to create this ranking were collected from the U.S. Census Bureau, GreatSchools.org, Education Cities.org, Yelp and WalletHub research.

      • Smartest States

        Study Ranked The Smartest States And South Carolina Its Not You

        • America's Smartest States (15 Lowest Ranking States)

        • 50. West Virginia

          Total Score: 12.6

          West Virginia

        • 49. Mississippi

          Total Score: 13.3

          Mississippi

        • 48. Louisiana

          Total Score: 15.2

          Louisiana

        • 47. Arkansas

          Total Score: 19.1

          Arkansas

        • 46. Nevada

          Total Score: 20.0

          Nevada

        • 45. New Mexico

          Total Score: 20.4

          New Mexico

          Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA downtown cityscape and street at twilight.

        • 44. Alabama

          Total Score: 22.4

          Alabama

        • 43. Oklahoma

          Total Score: 22.4

          Oklahoma

        • 42. Texas

          Total Score: 23.9

          Texas

        • 41. South Carolina

          Total Score: 28.0

          White more than double the bottom two on this list, SC did still sore a dismal 28.0. In contrast the “smartest” state on this list scored a 93.9.

          South Carolina Small towns summer

        • 40. Kentucky

          Total Score: 30.5

          Kentucky

        • 39. Florida

          Total Score: 32.4

          Jacksonville, Florida Skyline

        • 38. Tennessee

          Total Score: 34.2

          Memphis Tennessee TN Downtown Drone Skyline Aerial.

        • 37. Arizona

          Total Score: 35.9

          Arizona

        • 36. Idaho

          Total Score: 36.5

          Idaho

        • Top 15 Smartest States

        • 15. Nebraska

          Total Score: 52.5

          Nebraska

        • 14. Kansas

          Total Score: 53.3

          Liberty Memorial and Union Station aerial views, downtown Kansas City

        • 13. Utah

          Total Score: 55.5

          Winter daytime shot of Salt Lake City. Featured is the temple from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints or the Mormons

        • 12. Maine

          Total Score: 55.8

          Maine

        • 11. New York

          Total Score: 57.8

          New York

        • 10. Washington

          Total Score: 60.3

          Washington State

        • 9. Minnesota

          Total Score: 67.0

          Minnesota

        • 8. Colorado

          Total Score: 69.4

          Colorado

        • 7. New Jersey

          Total Score: 69.5

          New Jersey

        • 6. New Hampshire

          Total Score: 70.5

          New Hampshire

        • 5. Vermont

          Total Score: 72.2

          Vermont

        • 4. Virginia

          Total Score: 72.5

          Virginia

        • 3. Maryland

          Total Score: 72.8

          Maryland

        • 2. Connecticut

          Total Score: 73.8

          Connecticut

        • 1. Massachusetts

          Total Score: 93.9

          Massachusetts decidedly takes the win, with a score a full 20 points higher than the 2nd place state.

          Massachusetts

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