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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+ 19,760 100.00% 24,186 100.00%
Less than 9th grade 3,153 15.96% 1,782 7.37%
Some high school, no diploma 2,892 14.64% 2,903 12.00%
High school graduate* 8,848 44.78% 10,908 45.10%
Some college, no degree 2,213 11.20% 4,435 18.34%
Associate degree 971 4.91% 1,594 6.59%
Bachelor's degree 1,213 6.14% 1,928 7.97%
Graduate or professional degree 470 2.38% 636 2.63%

* "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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