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SLIDESHOW: The smartest and dumbest states in America

Louisiana is near the bottom of the list when it comes to intelligent states. (FOX 8 Photo) Louisiana is near the bottom of the list when it comes to intelligent states. (FOX 8 Photo)
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States in the deep south have a reputation of being laid back and somewhat lax when it comes to education. However, some of the smartest and most powerful people come from the south.

Presidents, famous writers and iconic musicians call many southern states home.

But according to research, the stereotype about just how smart the south is could be true.

The Washington Post | The Fix reports Louisiana is one of the least intelligent states in the U.S. Several other states in the deep south are also at the bottom of the list.

This is necessarily hard to figure out, of course, given that "stupid" is inherently contextual and subjective. In order to figure out how smart each state was, we looked at objective measures we had at our disposal. Specifically:

IQ, as estimated by Virginia Commonwealth's Michael McDaniel in 2006

2015 SAT scores, compiled by The Post

2015 ACT scores, via the company that administers the tests

The percentage of college graduates in the state, compiled by the Census Bureau

To create an intelligence score, we determined the percentage-point difference between a state's score and the national median score. Then, since IQ seemed to be the most on-the-nose metric, we doubled that value and then added it all up.

Massachusetts is the smartest state and Hawaii is the dumbest state, according to the report.

See our slideshow to find out where your state fell on the list.

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