Put a fork in summer break, it’s time to get back to school at all levels including for millions, Community College.  And with the U.S. community-college industry undergoing major changes — such as the prospect of a free associate’s degree and 22 states authorizing their community colleges to offer bachelor’s degree programs — the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2016’s Best & Worst Community Colleges then drew upon its results to identify the States with the Best & Worst Community College Systems.

It’s nice to be able to report that Washington state comes in at number seven on the list of states with the best Community College systems and one of the nation’s top 20 Community Colleges is located in Washington’s Whatcom County.

WalletHub compared 821 schools across 12 key metrics ranging from the cost of in-state tuition and fees to student-faculty ratio and graduation rate.

Top 20 Community Colleges
1 Helene Fuld College of Nursing (NY) 11 Southwest Wisconsin Technical College (WI)
2 Ilisagvik College (AK) 12 Mesalands Community College (NM)
3 Pamlico Community College (NC) 13 Moorpark College (CA)
4 Cochise County Community College District (AZ) 14 Pratt Community College (KS)
5 State Technical College of Missouri (MO) 15 Coastline Community College (CA)
6 Fashion Institute of Technology (NY) 16 Northern Oklahoma College (OK)
7 Rend Lake College (IL) 17 Whatcom Community College (WA)
8 Lake Area Technical Institute (SD) 18 Barstow Community College (CA)
9 Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NE) 19 Manhattan Area Technical College (KS)
10 North Central Missouri College (MO) 20 Turtle Mountain Community College (ND)


States with the Best Community College Systems
1 South Dakota 11 Georgia
2 Alaska 12 New Mexico
3 North Dakota 13 Nebraska
4 Florida 14 California
5 Montana 15 Iowa
6 Wyoming 16 Arizona
7 Washington 17 Arkansas
8 Wisconsin 18 Mississippi
9 Connecticut 19 New York
10 New Hampshire 20 Maine