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Top 5 dumbest states in America

dumb_and_stupidI just read a report about the top five dumbest states in America AND they are all in the Southeast! That didn’t surprise me a bit; I have lived in Alabama for seven years now. But actually, for once, Alabama did not make this negative list although it did make the Top 10. All kidding aside, I actually have grown fond of Alabama, but I digress.

Apparently the people conducting this study looked at things like SAT scores, drop out numbers, percent of population with high school diplomas, number of college graduates, and even the number of TV-watching hours by teens. But all they really needed to do was take a drive and count the number of confederate flags flying in any given state. Those with the most would be the dumbest states. They could also count the number of republicans to find the dumbest state, but this is not a political commentary so I’ll move on.

So, here are the top five dumbest states in the nation:

5th dumbest state is Mississippi: This should not come as surprise to you. The report showed that 44.9% of Mississippi high-schoolers spend three hours a day or more in front of a TV. In all fairness to the teens, there really isn’t anything else to do in this state. In fact, when I moved to Alabama, I was warned that Mississippi was one step from Hell. I looked around and thought if Mississippi is worse than Alabama, that’s really bad.

4th dumbest state is Louisiana: Have you ever been there? NOT New Orleans…but the real Louisiana. If not, there are some TV shows you can watch to get a sense of the stupidity. They involve lots of muddy water and shooting gators in the head. Now, there are some things Louisiana has given society and they are proud of those: great music, mud spiders called craw fish, voodoo, and leaking levees of Lake Pontchartrain.

3rd dumbest state is Texas: Texans were not happy about this, but it’s the truth. This was mostly due to the number of high school drop outs and low number of college attendees. But, Texans will declare they don’t need high School or college; they already know more than anyone else. Ever try to argue with a Texan?

2nd dumbest state is Georgia: I can hear you saying, “Yup, I knew that.” Lots of dumb things happen in Georgia, including Honey Boo Boo and her mother. Enough said.

1st dumbest state is South Carolina: Well now, this is also no surprise. This state is known for having some really stupid laws on the books: a person must be 18 to play a pinball machine; horses must not be kept in bath tubs; a permit must be obtained to fire a missile; it is a capital offense to inadvertently kill someone while attempting suicide; and in case you need to know, it is illegal to give or receive oral sex in South Carolina. The point is, if the people were not so dumb, the laws would not have to be written!

My birth state, New Jersey, made the top smartest states; I’m just saying.

And after reading the report, I felt re-assured that if there ever was another Civil War, the North would win again!

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47 Responses to Top 5 dumbest states in America

  1. Rachael Reply

    March 26, 2013 at 9:17 am

    I’m shocked North Dakota didn’t make this list.

    • Carol Maietta Reply

      March 26, 2013 at 5:23 pm

      I have never been there. Is there significant dumbness?

  2. Sandra Reply

    March 26, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Sadly, I am not surprised that Georgia made it into the top five…and congratulations on New Jersey’s status. Only one thing makes me wonder about the validity of that ranking: Snooki!

    Just sayin’….


    • Michael John Scott Reply

      March 26, 2013 at 10:10 am

      Snooki!!!! Sorry Carol. New Jersey is longer above the fray 🙂

    • Carol Maietta Reply

      March 26, 2013 at 5:24 pm

      Yes, the show, “Jersey Shore” could do some severe damage to that ranking!

  3. James Smith Reply

    March 26, 2013 at 9:49 am

    If the south should secede again, let’s hope the rest would have become smart enough to say, “So long and good luck!” Then seal the borders and allow no traffic or commerce with them.

    • Carol Maietta Reply

      March 26, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      LOL, James. The South would love that. They call northerners yankees and northerners that don’t go home, damn yankees.

      • James Smith Reply

        March 26, 2013 at 6:04 pm

        oHaving spent three of my four years pf high school in southwestern Virginia and central Alabama, I was 17 before I knew “damn yankee” was not one word.

  4. Jess Reply

    March 26, 2013 at 11:05 am

    All these states have one thing in common also too! They are all taught using textbooks from Texas that pushes nonsense like we walked the earth with dinosaurs.

    MS has an excellent pipeline from the schools to the prisons. Just last week, there was an article about the way MS students are punished depending on their color. Little white kid gets a suspension, little kid of non white color expelled or juvie for the same behavior. No wonder it’s other countries beating our asses in scientific discovery. Pretty soon we will be the country other countries want their goods made, because we will be scrambling for those mind numbing jobs of sewing up pants or dresses.

    • Carol Maietta views Reply

      March 26, 2013 at 9:40 pm

      Good reply Jess. I do believe that about the disparity in the way MS punishes whites versus non whites. They also discriminate against anyone different than they are in any way…it’s about deep seated fear.

  5. E.A. Blair Reply

    March 26, 2013 at 11:36 am

    “…if there ever was another Civil War, the North would win again!”

    If there ever was another Civil War, I’d say, “Don’t bother – just leave.”

    I am currently reading Chuck Thompson’s Better Off Without ‘Em: A Northern Manifesto For Southern Secession and I agree with just about everything he says.

    • Carol Maietta views Reply

      March 26, 2013 at 9:41 pm

      Well, I will have to read that for sure! Very interesting thought. Thanks.

  6. RickRay Reply

    March 26, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    I guessed 4 out of 5 right ! I thought Alabama would have been in the top 5 and not South Carolina. As a Canadian it is well known how dumb the southern states are. I like to call them godlodytes and creatards.

    • Carol Maietta views Reply

      March 26, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      Alabama SHOULD be in the top 5! The republican governor must have diverted some of the education dollars to pay off the survey team.

  7. Bill Formby Reply

    March 26, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Well all I can say is that Alabama may not have made the list this year but by God we are trying hard to make it next year. With the current administration and legislature of Republicans they taking every step possible to put us not only in the top 5 but at number 1. We just took a big step by figuring out a way to divert public education funding into the private schools so by this time next year only the poor kids, which make up the majority of the public school students, will be left in public schools. Those kids of the wealthier families will be attending private schools and learning bible versus,

    • Carol Maietta views Reply

      March 26, 2013 at 9:45 pm

      Yes, Bill. You are so right about Alabama. Our brilliant governor is working hard on getting us in the top 5 by also leaving millions of federal match money on the table because he refused to participate in the medicaid extension program.

  8. Norman Rampart Reply

    March 26, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Being an Englishman I can’t really comment – but I suspect many states would qualify for ‘dumbest’ depending on A) The criteria and B) The honesty of the respondents.

    Shoot me now eh?

    • Carol Maietta views Reply

      March 26, 2013 at 9:47 pm

      You are correct, Norman. I’ll do a post on the smartest states and we’ll see where the honesty level is with those answers. Hey, I should investigate the dumbest countries. Where would England be compared to France ? 🙂

  9. Carol Maietta views Reply

    March 28, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Please interpret this as I think there must be another meaning than what it seems on the surface?

  10. Anonymous Reply

    March 30, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Folks there’s an undeniable pattern here:

    1. Look at states with high black populations
    2. Look at IQ by race charts
    3. Look at states with low scores


    These are the things never said and the words left unspoken, but the fact is where you see large black populations you will see crime and poverty. Simple math and undeniable. This isn’t a racist statement, it’s just a fact.

    • Charles Reply

      April 5, 2013 at 1:52 am

      Thats not true. I am black from Louisiana and I had a hard time convincing my coworkers today that Ronald Reagan is dead. They are all white by the way

      • Carol Maietta views Reply

        April 6, 2013 at 2:46 pm

        Charles, I agree that Anonymous’ post was an unfair racist statement although he/she tried to make a disclaimer that it was not!

        • Carol Maietta views Reply

          April 6, 2013 at 2:49 pm

          BTW, did you see the chain of responses between James and Diane? Very interesting.

    • James Smith Reply

      April 5, 2013 at 6:01 am

      What is true is that where you see poverty and discrimination, you will see crime. What’s undeniable is that you are an ignorant racist and proud of it.

      • Diane Gable Reply

        April 5, 2013 at 10:19 am

        I inadvertently used the “anonymous” moniker when writing my original comment.

        Why don’t you do the research instead of just calling people names? The fact is blacks commit more crime, a lot more crime, therefore, where you see poverty, which is common to blacks, you will see more crime. It’s a circular argument. Look up the crime statistics. The FBI and Bureau of Justice websites are good places to start. I would leave links but I see that such behavior is a violation of comment policies.

        • James Smith Reply

          April 5, 2013 at 10:28 am

          Then you believe that blacks commit ore crimes because they are black? You also think that is not a racist belief?

          FYI, if it’s true, it is not name-calling, it is a description. In your case, “racist” is accurate. “Willfully ignorant” also fits.

          • Diane Gable Reply

            April 5, 2013 at 11:50 am

            I suspect you misunderstand because you choose to misunderstand. I never once said that blacks commit crime because they are black. I said that black people commit more crime. Look it up Mr. Smith, and try to accept a real world analysis of an unpopular paradigm. As to me being racist, you once again make assumptions not necessarily in evidence. I am a black woman, and have been researching this social phenomenon for decades in an academic environment. Thanks for your time, but I will not continue a discussion of this sort with someone who chooses only to label those with whom he disagrees.

            • James Smith Reply

              April 5, 2013 at 1:59 pm

              I did not misunderstand. You used statistics that show what you ant to believe. You are the one that chooses to believe. You refuse to consider any other factors.

              I am happy you are going ad I doubt you are a black woman, too. As my father said, “Figures don’t lie, but liars can figure.”

              So you are saying, based upon raw data, with no investigation of social issues that blacks are less intelligent, more prone to violence and crime? That is implying it is because they are black, not because of educational opportunities, subtle but real racism, and economic pressures.

              Is it fair for me to assume you are a liar because you refuse to prove anything and make decisions based upon incomplete data because t suits your pre0conceived beliefs?

  11. John Doe Reply

    June 20, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    First of all these results are in book smarts. Look at Alabama and Texas and all the southern states who have common sense. I would much rather have common sense then book smarts.

    • James Smith Reply

      June 20, 2013 at 7:33 pm

      If you are dissing “book larnin” ten you haven’t much in the way of common sense, either.

      Tell us, exactly how do any of these states have common sense? It it their religious reich leaning? How about their ability to read, write, and talk rational English?

      Having lived in both Virginia and Alabama, I have some “up close and personal” knowledge of southern stubborn stupidity. I think I just acquired some more.

    • Michael John Scott Reply

      June 21, 2013 at 10:48 am

      The states you name probably have the least “book smarts” and “common sense” than any other states. If you don’t have the sense to educate yourself then you’re lacking in common sense.

      • Anonymous Reply

        June 21, 2013 at 10:57 am

        How many times have we seen this? Someone that has no education or desire to improve themselves displays contempt for those that do bother to do so.

        Trying to tear others down is probably easier than trying to learn something and raise themselves up.

  12. James Smith Reply

    June 21, 2013 at 10:59 am

    How many times have we seen this? Someone that has no education or desire to improve themselves displays contempt for those that do bother to do so.

    Trying to tear others down is probably easier than trying to learn something and raise themselves up.

  13. Luke Laird Reply

    March 12, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Mississippi boy here. If anything, we are the smartest state. You are lying through your teeth.

    • James Smith Reply

      March 12, 2014 at 1:05 pm

      The fact that you could even think those things are more proof that they are correct.

      Where is your proof that MS is the smartest state? School test scores and results? How about average educational level? How about percentage of residents that believe creationism?

      Then average IQ scores to cap it all?

      Your move.

    • Michael John Scott Reply

      March 12, 2014 at 4:35 pm

      You just made our point.

    • E.A. Blair Reply

      March 13, 2014 at 6:55 pm

      One place where Mississippi leads the rest of the country is in the percentage of web searches that are looking for gay porn – closely followed by Louisiana and Georgia.

  14. Luke Laird Reply

    March 12, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    It is unfair to judge the whole state, to say the least. North Mississippi is very, very, very, very intelligent. No offense to South Mississippi, though. They are still much smarter than any other s.tate

    • James Smith Reply

      March 12, 2014 at 6:44 pm

      Does that mean they place periods in the middle of a word, too?

      Is that also you know how North Mississippi is “very, very, very, very” intelligent?

      FYI, one “very” does the trick, additional ones indicate deep-seated insecurities and self doubts.

    • Michael John Scott Reply

      March 12, 2014 at 7:21 pm

      I get that. In my experience there can be significant regional differences.

  15. Luke Laird Reply

    May 4, 2014 at 10:05 am

    I live in North Mississippi and trust me, the people here are well educated. You should come here and see, it’s hard to explain how smart we are.

    • James Smith Reply

      May 4, 2014 at 10:38 am

      As Albert Einstein said, “If you cannot explain it simply, you don’t understand it.”

    • Michael John Scott Reply

      May 4, 2014 at 11:05 am

      “it’s hard to explain how smart we are.” LOL LOL! I’ll bet it is.

  16. Luke Laird Reply

    May 4, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Albert Einstein was retarded, genius. So, why don’t you get a life instead of getting into others.

    • James Smith Reply

      May 4, 2014 at 10:48 am

      Einstein was retarded? That comment reveals things about you that I am sure you would rather not have the world know.

      My life is far better than that of a willfully ignorant person that makes absurd, stupid statements that cannot be substantiated with facts.

      Explain to us how North Mississippi is educated.

    • Michael John Scott Reply

      May 4, 2014 at 11:04 am

      I think this is our troll.

      • James Smith Reply

        May 4, 2014 at 11:22 am

        A troll, no doubt. But not my favorite one. It’s only another pathetic person whose life is so depressing that he has nothing to do but post embarrassingly idiotic things on web sites hoping to connect with someone as intellectually challenged as he is.

        Dan, that was a long sentence. But the regulars on here will have no problem comprehending it.

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