More Americans Earning Bachelor’s Degrees and Higher

Posted October 30, 2014, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

Today, more Americans are earning higher levels of education. In 2013, approximately 25 million people, or 58% of the U.S. population ages 25 to 34, had a high school diploma or less; 9% had an associate degree and 33% had a bachelor’s degree or higher (an increase of 3 million young people since 2000). 

In the past decade, 46 states and the District of Columbia saw an increase in the percentage of residents who earned a bachelor’s degree or higher, led by Rhode Island, which experienced a 44% increase. South Dakota and Kansas experienced a decline in attainment, while New Hampshire and North Dakota saw no change.



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