Educational Attainment Data Encouraging
Today, more Americans are earning higher levels of education. In 2012, 59% of the U.S. population ages 25 to 34 had a high school diploma or less; 9% had an associate's degree, and 33% had a bachelor's degree or higher (an increase of 2.5 million young people since 2000).
In the past decade, 46 states and the District of Columbia saw an increase in young adults with a bachelor's degree or higher, led by Nevada, which experienced a 35% increase. South Dakota, Wyoming and Kansas experienced a decline in attainment. South Carolina saw no change.