More Americans Earning Bachelor’s Degrees and Higher

Posted October 30, 2014
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Blog More Americans Earning Bachelors Degrees1 2014

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.

See the eco­nom­ic well-being and edu­ca­tion sec­tions of the KIDS COUNT Data Cen­ter to access data for the nation, states and 50 largest U.S. cities:

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