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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+ 502,321 100.00% 589,120 100.00%
Less than 9th grade 20,979 4.18% 22,993 3.90%
Some high school, no diploma 36,402 7.25% 35,698 6.06%
High school graduate* 117,239 23.34% 121,375 20.60%
Some college, no degree 112,864 22.47% 126,548 21.48%
Associate degree 33,989 6.77% 37,054 6.29%
Bachelor's degree 120,754 24.04% 158,151 26.85%
Graduate or professional degree 60,094 11.96% 87,301 14.82%

* "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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