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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+ 445,994 100.00% 487,103 100.00%
Less than 9th grade 34,817 7.81% 28,862 5.93%
Some high school, no diploma 53,500 12.00% 46,105 9.47%
High school graduate* 131,265 29.43% 136,744 28.07%
Some college, no degree 75,391 16.90% 86,102 17.68%
Associate degree 35,300 7.91% 37,065 7.61%
Bachelor's degree 74,017 16.60% 95,184 19.54%
Graduate or professional degree 41,704 9.35% 57,041 11.71%

* "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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