US Adults’ Educational Attainment, by Demographic Group

April 4, 2016

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African-American | Asian-American | Boomers & Older | Education | Hispanic | Men | Women | Youth & Gen X

Census-US-Adults-Educational-Attainment-Apr2016Source: Census Bureau[pdf]

    Notes: Some 88.4% of US adults aged 25 and older are high school graduates, and almost one-third (32.5%) have at least a Bachelor’s degree, according to a new report from the Census Bureau that’s based on the 2015 Current Population Survey. Of note is the conspicuously high rate of educational attainment among Asian-Americans, of whom 53.9% have at least a Bachelor’s degree and 21.4% an advanced degree (compared to 12% of the 25+ population).

    In other results from the report:

    • The percentage of adults aged 25 and older with a Bachelor’s degree or higher has grown to 32.5% from just 5% in 1940;
    • The rate of attainment of Bachelor’s degrees or higher has grown over the past 30 years for adults in each racial and ethnic group, and is led by Asian-Americans, followed by non-Hispanic Whites, Blacks, and then Hispanics;
    • While men have historically had higher rates of attainment than women for Bachelor’s degrees or more, that gap has disappeared as of 2015, with no statistically significant difference in attainment between men (32.3%) and women (32.7%); and
    • Among 25-34-year-olds, women are more likely than men to have a Bachelor’s degree or higher, with this true across all races and ethnicities.

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