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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+ 11,509 100.00% 13,505 100.00%
Less than 9th grade 2,103 18.27% 1,508 11.17%
Some high school, no diploma 2,222 19.31% 2,198 16.28%
High school graduate* 3,813 33.13% 4,887 36.19%
Some college, no degree 1,800 15.64% 2,901 21.48%
Associate degree 435 3.78% 533 3.95%
Bachelor's degree 734 6.38% 891 6.60%
Graduate or professional degree 402 3.49% 587 4.35%

* "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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