Most Educated State About Sex

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Most educated State about sex

Sex is something a lot of people find difficult to talk about. It’s a sensitive topic that brings up feelings of shame, embarrassment, and even inadequacy.

One common cause is the way people were indoctrinated at such a young age to believe that sex is something that should never be discussed openly. It’s bad and not socially acceptable.

Considering that, 8 factors were carefully used to gauge the level of awareness about sex across the 50 states of the country. Vermont ranked first, followed by Maine and Iowa. Colorado ranked 4th while Montana is at the 5th slot.

Key Finding​

After considering all the factors, the final ranking of the most educated and least educated states can be determined easily.

Here’s a quick glance at the results:


RankingStatesTotal scoreHad sex before 13Did not use contraceptive methods in the last sexual intercourseSTD rateAbortion rateUnderage abortionAbortion after 12 weeks of pregnancyHaving more than 3 abortionsBecome a mom before 19
9West Virginia24.175.565.1501.070.125.526.270.47
12South Dakota25.586.1142.830.6204.687.180.16
16New Jersey28.072.53.581.888.652.764.283.361.06
19South Carolina31.964.725.584.331.380.69.444.551.37
24North Carolina36.563.337.454.
25New Mexico37.467.
27New York41.083.6163.678.65104.082.362.69


As mentioned earlier, 8 factors were used to determine which states are more educated about sex and which states are the least informed.

To get standardized results, all of the factors have been given an even ranking between 0 and 10. A high index score suggests a high level of awareness concerning sex while a low index score suggests otherwise.

To determine the results, we used the following formula:

equation for score

Note: Due to the limited data gathered, we were only able to rank 28 states. 


Below is a quick rundown of the 8 factors that were considered in this research. The data used were carefully sourced from published reports and studies.

Had Sex Before 13​

having sex before 13

The statutory age of consent between two heterosexual people has increased from 11 to 16. It’s the same age for legal homosexual sex.

This simply means that minors who are younger than 16 don’t have the ability to legally consent to any sexual act. Without any knowledge about this, minors can start engaging in sexual activities without realizing its implications.

The data considered in this research was sourced from a CDC report.

Did not use contraceptive methods in the last sexual intercourse

The higher the number of people who use contraceptives, the lower the rate of pregnancy-related health risks as well as unwanted pregnancies. The scores were determined after careful consideration of a CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System’s report
no contraceptive methods

sexual transmitting diseases rate

Low levels of knowledge and awareness of sexually transmitted diseases can result in an increase in the number of people having them. The data concerning the STD rate used in this report has been sourced from a 2019 CDC report.

Abortion rate

A higher abortion rate can translate to more people who know about their options. Unwanted pregnancies, particularly in very young women, can cause health complications and even death. The data was sourced from a Statista report on abortion rate.
Abortion rate

Abortion among Minors

Abortion in minors
The teen birth rate is falling. In fact, last year, the rate dropped to below 18 births per 1,000 girls and women (15 to 19 years old).  One reason is the increased used of more effective contraception. Spreading more information about pregnancy prevention helped as well. The data reflect the results of the YRBSS report mentioned earlier.

Abortion after 12 weeks of pregnancy

Most cases of abortions are done during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Abortions done early in pregnancy are considered safer, easier, and cheaper compared with abortions done later. The data used here was sourced from the same CDC report.
Abortion after 12w

Having more than 3 abortions

3 abortions
Women have different reasons for seeking an abortion. The most common is unwanted pregnancy as a result of the lack of awareness of proper and effective contraceptive use and family planning methods. The scores reflect the YRBSS results.

Become a mom before 19

This metric considered the age of the reported women when they first got pregnant. The data collected came from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report for November 2019.
Become a mom before 19


Sex is an uncomfortable topic but it doesn’t mean that people should stop talking about it openly. Sex education brings so many positive effects on people, particularly the younger ones. It increases their knowledge and improves their attitudes toward sexual behaviors and reproductive health.

In this report, it was determined that Vermont is the most educated state when it comes to sex. It’s closely followed by Maine and Iowa. Texas appeared to be the least educated state out of the 28 states ranked.

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