Hamilton County

EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT

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+ 551,233 100.00% 546,048 100.00%
Less than 9th grade 44,768 8.12% 24,253 4.44%
Some high school, no diploma 89,459 16.23% 69,954 12.81%
High school graduate* 152,594 27.68% 151,759 27.79%
Some college, no degree 100,209 18.18% 106,901 19.58%
Associate degree 33,549 6.09% 33,969 6.22%
Bachelor's degree 83,153 15.08% 101,046 18.50%
Graduate or professional degree 47,501 8.62% 58,166 10.65%

* "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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