(WalletHub) – With April being National Financial Literacy Month, the free credit score website WalletHub released its report on 2019’s Most & Least Financially Literate States as well as accompanying videos, which analyzes financial-education programs and consumer habits in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
The study uses a data set of 17 key metrics, including the results of WalletHub’s WalletLiteracy Survey, which range from high-school financial literacy grade to share of adults with a rainy-day fund.
Most Financially Literate States Least Financially Literate States
1 Virginia 42 Rhode Island
2 Utah 43 South Dakota
3 New Hampshire 44 Hawaii
4 New Jersey 45 Kentucky
5 Minnesota 46 Oklahoma
6 Maryland 47 New Mexico
7 Maine 48 Delaware
8 Colorado 49 Mississippi
9 North Dakota 50 Alaska
10 New York 51 Louisiana
Massachusetts has the lowest share of residents who spend more than they earn, 13.29 percent, which is 1.7 times lower than in Delaware, the state with the highest at 22.67 percent.
North Dakota has the highest share of residents with rainy-day funds, 55.55 percent, which is 1.5 times higher than in West Virginia, the state with the lowest at 37.94 percent.
The District of Columbia has the highest share of residents who compare credit-card offers before applying, 45.96 percent, which is 1.7 times higher than in Minnesota, the state with the lowest at 26.42 percent.
Vermont and Minnesota have the lowest share of unbanked households, 1.50 percent, which is 10.5 times lower than in Mississippi, the state with the highest at 15.80 percent.
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