United States - Educational attainment - persons 25 years and over - percent bachelor's degree or higher, 2009-2013 by State

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Bachelor's degree or higher, percent of persons age 25+, 2009-2013 - (Percent)
State Value
Alabama 22.6
Alaska 27.5
Arizona 26.9
Arkansas 20.1
California 30.7
Colorado 37.0
Connecticut 36.5
Delaware 28.9
District of Columbia 52.4
Florida 26.4
Georgia 28.0
Hawaii 30.1
Idaho 25.1
Illinois 31.4
Indiana 23.2
Iowa 25.7
Kansas 30.3
Kentucky 21.5
Louisiana 21.8
Maine 27.9
Maryland 36.8
Massachusetts 39.4
Michigan 25.9
Minnesota 32.6
Mississippi 20.1
Missouri 26.2
Montana 28.7
Nebraska 28.5
Nevada 22.4
New Hampshire 33.7
New Jersey 35.8
New Mexico 25.8
New York 33.2
North Carolina 27.3
North Dakota 27.2
Ohio 25.2
Oklahoma 23.5
Oregon 29.7
Pennsylvania 27.5
Rhode Island 31.3
South Carolina 25.1
South Dakota 26.2
Tennessee 23.8
Texas 26.7
Utah 30.3
Vermont 34.8
Virginia 35.2
Washington 31.9
West Virginia 18.3
Wisconsin 26.8
Wyoming 24.7

Value for the US (Percent): 28.8%

Data item: Bachelor's degree or higher, percent of persons age 25+, 2009-2013

Source: U. S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 5-Year Estimates. Updated every year. http://factfinder2.census.gov


High School Graduates include people whose highest degree was a high school diploma or its equivalent, people who attended college but did not receive a degree, and people who received an associate�s, bachelor�s, master�s, or professional or doctorate degree. People who reported completing the 12th grade but not receiving a diploma are not included.

Persons with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher are those who have received a bachelor's degree from a college or university, or a master's, professional, or doctorate degree.

These data include only persons 25 years old and over. The percentages are obtained by dividing the counts of graduates by the total number of persons 25 years old and over.

Scope and Methodology:

These data are collected in the American Community Survey (ACS). The data for each geographic area are presented together with margins of error at factfinder2.census.gov. The data are period estimates, that is, they represent the characteristics of the population over a specific 60-month data collection period.

Margins of Error (MOE). ACS estimates are based on a sample and are subject to sampling variability. The degree of uncertainty for an estimate arising from sampling variability is represented through the use of a MOE. The MOE used with ACS estimates can be interpreted as providing a 90 percent probability that the interval defined by the estimate plus the MOE and the estimate minus the MOE (the upper and lower confidence bounds) contains the full population value of the estimate.

For example, suppose the 5-year ACS reported the percentage of people 25 years and older in Birmingham, Alabama who had a bachelor's degree was 21.3 percent and that the MOE associated with this estimate is plus or minus (+/-) 0.9 percent. By adding and subtracting the MOE from the estimate, we can calculate the 90-percent confidence interval for this estimate at 21.3%, +/-0.9%:

21.3% - 0.9% = 20.4% = Lower-bound estimate
21.3% + 0.9% = 22.2% = Upper-bound estimate

Therefore, we can be 90 percent confident that the percent of the population in Birmingham, Alabama of age 25 years and older having a bachelor's degree in 2007-2011 falls somewhere between 20.4 percent and 22.2 percent.

For this Fact and other 5-year Social Characteristic Facts (listed below), their estimates and margins of errors or percents and percent margins of error can be found on Data Profile - Social Characteristics. This profile is displayed by geography. Click on the link for "Browse data sets for (geography picked)" near the top of the Quick facts profile page, click on the link for People QuickLinks/American Community Survey - "Social Characteristics" for the data profile.

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High school graduates or higher, percent of persons age 25 years and over;
Bachelor's degree or higher, percent of persons age 25 years and over;
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