Educational Attainment Data Encouraging

Posted October 21, 2013, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

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.

Education Attainment Levels for 25- to 34-Year-Olds

See the Economic Well-Being and Education sections of the KIDS COUNT Data Center to access data for the nation, states and 50 largest cities:

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