How Much of the U.S. Population Has a College Degree?

This Census Bureau report “…examines educational attainment of the adult population by demographic and social characteristics such as age, sex, race and Hispanic origin, and disability status, as well as differences in educational attainment between the native and foreign born.” Longitudinal tables present historic data as well. These figures present 2015 numbers for the country as a while; 2014 enumerations on more local levels can be found at this American Factfinder site on educational attainment. (You can limit by using the “add/remove geographies” link that allows you to drill down to a very specific geographic entity.) For example, here are Jersey City’s entry:
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Subject Jersey City city, New Jersey
Total Male Female
Estimate Margin of Error Estimate Margin of Error Estimate Margin of Error
Population 18 to 24 years 24,781 +/-758 12,613 +/-545 12,168 +/-493
Less than high school graduate 12.4% +/-1.9 12.6% +/-2.1 12.2% +/-2.7
High school graduate (includes equivalency) 25.4% +/-2.4 27.5% +/-3.1 23.3% +/-3.1
Some college or associate’s degree 42.9% +/-3.0 42.0% +/-4.1 43.7% +/-3.6
Bachelor’s degree or higher 19.3% +/-1.8 17.9% +/-2.6 20.8% +/-2.6
Population 25 years and over 177,924 +/-1,020 87,564 +/-1,106 90,360 +/-852
Less than 9th grade 7.3% +/-0.5 6.6% +/-0.7 7.9% +/-0.6
9th to 12th grade, no diploma 7.7% +/-0.5 7.7% +/-0.7 7.8% +/-0.6
High school graduate (includes equivalency) 23.4% +/-0.7 22.9% +/-1.1 24.0% +/-1.0
Some college, no degree 15.0% +/-0.7 14.4% +/-0.9 15.6% +/-0.7
Associate’s degree 4.1% +/-0.3 3.6% +/-0.4 4.6% +/-0.4
Bachelor’s degree 25.6% +/-0.8 26.5% +/-1.0 24.8% +/-1.0
Graduate or professional degree 16.8% +/-0.7 18.4% +/-1.0 15.4% +/-0.8
Percent high school graduate or higher 85.0% +/-0.7 85.7% +/-1.0 84.3% +/-0.7
Percent bachelor’s degree or higher 42.5% +/-0.9 44.9% +/-1.3 40.2% +/-1.1
Population 25 to 34 years 57,587 +/-1,008 29,502 +/-766 28,085 +/-749
High school graduate or higher 94.4% +/-0.9 94.2% +/-1.2 94.6% +/-0.9
Bachelor’s degree or higher 60.6% +/-1.6 61.0% +/-2.1 60.1% +/-2.1
Population 35 to 44 years 39,214 +/-925 20,509 +/-785 18,705 +/-552
High school graduate or higher 88.3% +/-1.4 87.7% +/-2.0 88.9% +/-1.7
Bachelor’s degree or higher 46.0% +/-1.8 48.5% +/-2.3 43.2% +/-2.2
Population 45 to 64 years 57,254 +/-1,181 28,141 +/-835 29,113 +/-632
High school graduate or higher 82.9% +/-1.3 82.1% +/-1.9 83.6% +/-1.6
Bachelor’s degree or higher 31.5% +/-1.7 32.5% +/-2.2 30.5% +/-1.8
Population 65 years and over 23,869 +/-727 9,412 +/-423 14,457 +/-524
High school graduate or higher 62.2% +/-2.1 65.8% +/-2.9 59.8% +/-3.1
Bachelor’s degree or higher 19.5% +/-1.6 23.7% +/-2.3 16.8% +/-1.8
POVERTY RATE FOR THE POPULATION 25 YEARS AND OVER FOR WHOM POVERTY STATUS IS DETERMINED BY EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT LEVEL
Less than high school graduate 25.1% +/-2.1 19.6% +/-3.0 30.1% +/-2.5
High school graduate (includes equivalency) 19.9% +/-1.7 17.0% +/-2.0 22.6% +/-2.4
Some college or associate’s degree 16.6% +/-1.6 11.1% +/-1.6 21.3% +/-2.4
Bachelor’s degree or higher 6.7% +/-0.8 5.8% +/-0.9 7.6% +/-1.1
MEDIAN EARNINGS IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS (IN 2014 INFLATION-ADJUSTED DOLLARS)
Population 25 years and over with earnings 42,921 +/-1,005 49,009 +/-1,565 37,030 +/-1,062
Less than high school graduate 22,566 +/-1,754 26,394 +/-1,416 19,192 +/-1,240
High school graduate (includes equivalency) 28,946 +/-2,031 33,191 +/-1,439 22,981 +/-1,242
Some college or associate’s degree 32,996 +/-1,763 36,363 +/-2,040 30,364 +/-1,881
Bachelor’s degree 57,138 +/-2,144 66,165 +/-3,024 50,703 +/-1,770
Graduate or professional degree 75,446 +/-2,552 85,403 +/-5,252 66,311 +/-2,292
PERCENT IMPUTED
Educational attainment

 

 

 

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