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10. New Jersey
New Jersey
Newark is home to financial services giant Prudential Financial.

Residents with advanced degrees: 12.7% of population
Residents with some college education: 56.5%

Princeton's home state has an enviable array of educational options, including an extensive network of community colleges plus large public research universities such as Rutgers and the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

The Garden State's proximity to New York City is another boost for the state's workforce. Many big financial services companies seeking easy access to Wall Street set up offices across the Hudson River, including UBS Bank and Goldman Sachs. Fortune 500 financial services giant Prudential Financial is headquartered in Newark.

New Jersey is also a hub for the pharmaceutical and the life sciences industries -- which help draw highly educated workers to the state. Not only is Johnson & Johnson headquartered in New Brunswick, but 15 of the world's 25 largest pharmaceutical companies have major facilities in New Jersey, according to the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

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Source: Workforce education rankings are from the Kauffman Foundation's 2010 State New Economy Index. Using U.S. Census Data, Kauffman created a weighted score reflecting four different education-level statistics for each state: the percentage of the population (age 25 and older) that has less than a high-school degree, some college, a Bachelor's degree, or a Master's or professional degree. The organization's state-by-state rankings reflect those weighted scores.
LAST UPDATE: Feb 24 2011 | 3:10 PM ET
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