Census Trend Charts Demographic Maps Rankings & Comparisons Segregation Data  

Zoom in and out of geography at levels: US, States or Metro Areas, and Counties within States.

You can zoom out to United States

Or, within this state, you can zoom in to a county or metropolitan area:

Visit the SSDAN Web Site
CensusScope is a product of the Social Science Data Analysis Network.


Print-Friendly Version


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+ 3,122,665 100.00% 3,495,595 100.00%
Less than 9th grade 246,505 7.89% 178,169 5.10%
Some high school, no diploma 427,427 13.69% 386,917 11.07%
High school graduate* 878,432 28.13% 933,836 26.71%
Some college, no degree 580,833 18.60% 711,127 20.34%
Associate degree 163,304 5.23% 186,186 5.33%
Bachelor's degree 486,695 15.59% 629,304 18.00%
Graduate or professional degree 339,469 10.87% 470,056 13.45%

* "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).

Home | About | Help | Contact | Use Policy