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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+ 327,999 100.00% 391,540 100.00%
Less than 9th grade 77,659 23.68% 83,821 21.41%
Some high school, no diploma 41,490 12.65% 50,187 12.82%
High school graduate* 75,284 22.95% 88,256 22.54%
Some college, no degree 66,952 20.41% 84,712 21.64%
Associate degree 16,632 5.07% 19,538 4.99%
Bachelor's degree 34,637 10.56% 43,262 11.05%
Graduate or professional degree 15,345 4.68% 21,764 5.56%

* "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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