This Is the Smartest State in the U.S.

Compared to the average IQ score, one area in America is full of geniuses.

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You don't have to love word puzzles, brain games, and trivia to be a genius. (Though it never hurts to know a fun fact or two!) Some people are just plain smart—and it turns out many of them live in a few specific states. Using standardize IQ tests, psychologists can gauge your intelligence level. Though the average score and benchmark for comparison is 100, the U.S. only has a national IQ of 98. However, half of the states are far more exemplary. To see how your state stacks up, here are the states with residents whose IQs are above average, according to the most recent data collected by The Washington Post and Inc. And to see which area isn't exactly the sharpest, This Is the Dumbest State in the U.S.

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Missouri

The skyline of St. Louis, Missouri with the Arch in view.
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Average IQ: 101

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Utah

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Average IQ: 101.1

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Oregon

Eugene, Oregon, USA downtown cityscape at dusk.
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Average IQ: 101.2

And if you want to have a long and happy life, Here's How Long You're Likely to Live in Every State.

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Idaho

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Average IQ: 101.4

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Pennsylvania

Philadelphia
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Average IQ: 101.5

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Colorado

Telluride, USA - August 14, 2019: Small town village in Colorado with sign for city and flowers by historic architecture on main street mountain view
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Average IQ: 101.6

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Indiana

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA downtown cityscape on the White River at dusk.
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Average IQ: 101.7

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Ohio

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Average IQ: 101.8

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Washington

Seattle, Washington
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Average IQ: 101.9

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Virginia

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Average IQ: 101.9

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Nebraska

Downtown Omaha skyline with the Gene Leahy Mall in the foreground
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Average IQ: 102.3

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Wyoming

Panoramic aerial view of Jackson Hole homes and beautiful mountains on a summer morning, Wyoming.
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Average IQ: 102.4

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South Dakota

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Average IQ: 102.8

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New Jersey

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Average IQ: 102.8

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Kansas

Wichita, Kansas, USA downtown skyline at dusk.
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Average IQ: 102.8

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Wisconsin

Milwaukee, Wisconson
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Average IQ: 102.9

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Connecticut

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Average IQ: 103.1

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Iowa

Iowa
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Average IQ: 103.2

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Montana

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Average IQ: 103.4

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Maine

portland head light lighthouse in maine
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Average IQ: 103.4

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Minnesota

downtown minneapolis minnesota
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Average IQ: 103.7

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Vermont

The skyline of Montpelier, Vermont in autumn with brick buildings and a church steeple
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Average IQ: 103.8

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North Dakota

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Average IQ: 103.8

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New Hampshire

waterfront town with a harbor and boats at sunset
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Average IQ: 104.2

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Massachusetts

Sailboats on the Charles River with Boston's Back Bay skyline in the background.
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Average IQ: 104.3

And if you'd like to test your mind, check out these 40 Random Obscure Facts That Will Make Everyone Think You're a Genius.

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