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States by Colleges Per Capita

Can you name the US states in order of their ratio of population to colleges, from least to greatest? Difficulty level: 1500+ SAT score.
Includes public and private colleges. See source for more detail.
Population from citypopulation.de.
Puerto Rico and DC filled in.
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Last updated: November 29, 2023
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Starting Letter
Ratio (thousands)
State
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22.59
Puerto Rico
W
26.11
West Virginia
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29.21
Washington, D.C.
N
29.97
North Dakota
S
32.49
South Dakota
A
35.01
Arkansas
V
35.95
Vermont
M
37.43
Montana
K
38.14
Kansas
M
38.48
Maine
P
39.55
Pennsylvania
O
40.60
Oklahoma
N
41.04
New Hampshire
O
41.25
Ohio
M
41.74
Missouri
I
42.11
Iowa
L
43.30
Louisiana
T
47.01
Tennessee
N
47.07
New York
M
47.82
Massachusetts
R
49.72
Rhode Island
N
50.32
New Mexico
C
50.36
Connecticut
I
51.77
Indiana
N
51.79
Nebraska
I
52.64
Illinois
U
53.66
Utah
Starting Letter
Ratio (thousands)
State
K
53.72
Kentucky
M
54.45
Minnesota
I
55.40
Idaho
M
55.47
Mississippi
V
57.13
Virginia
S
57.42
South Carolina
F
57.78
Florida
W
58.14
Wyoming
O
58.89
Oregon
M
59.02
Michigan
C
59.23
California
D
59.91
Delaware
A
60.41
Alabama
N
61.34
New Jersey
N
62.57
North Carolina
H
62.62
Hawaii
W
64.05
Wisconsin
C
64.89
Colorado
G
67.36
Georgia
A
69.43
Arizona
T
73.24
Texas
W
75.59
Washington
M
79.03
Maryland
A
81.51
Alaska
N
83.63
Nevada
1 Comments
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Level 74
Nov 29, 2023
Very unexpected. I can't seem to find a pattern, can anyone else?

I mean, good job West Virginia, for somehow being the second least educated state!