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The Census reports on the level of education attained by adults age 25 and older. Our elderly population grew up in a time when education attainment was typically lower, and college attendance was less widespread. As this population is succeeded by younger and increasingly well-educated cohorts, the percent of the population that has attained higher levels of education slowly increases. Not only has the number of diplomas and degrees increased, but their percentage in the population has also increased, indicating a growth in attainment greater than the relative growth in national population.

Educational Attainment in Population 25 Years and Over, 1990-2000
1990 2000
Number Percent of Total Number Percent of Total
Total Population Age 25+ 9,960 100.00% 11,240 100.00%
Less than 9th grade 2,041 20.49% 1,213 10.79%
Some high school, no diploma 2,125 21.34% 1,899 16.90%
High school graduate* 3,693 37.08% 4,904 43.63%
Some college, no degree 1,126 11.31% 1,742 15.50%
Associate degree 304 3.05% 513 4.56%
Bachelor's degree 428 4.30% 627 5.58%
Graduate or professional degree 243 2.44% 342 3.04%

* "High school graduate" includes people with the G.E.D. and similar equivalents.

Source: Census 2000 analyzed by the Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN).

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