New York Educational attainment - persons 25 years and over - percent bachelor's degree or higher, 2009-2013 by County

Data Item State
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Bachelor's degree or higher, percent of persons age 25+, 2009-2013 - (Percent)
County Value
Albany 38.8
Allegany 18.9
Bronx 18.1
Broome 26.1
Cattaraugus 17.2
Cayuga 19.6
Chautauqua 20.7
Chemung 21.5
Chenango 17.1
Clinton 22.1
Columbia 28.2
Cortland 23.5
Delaware 19.8
Dutchess 32.9
Erie 30.9
Essex 23.3
Franklin 16.5
Fulton 14.9
Genesee 20.8
Greene 20.1
Hamilton 24.2
Herkimer 20.5
Jefferson 20.0
Kings 30.6
Lewis 13.6
Livingston 24.4
Madison 25.9
Monroe 35.8
Montgomery 16.0
Nassau 41.5
New York 58.9
Niagara 22.2
Oneida 22.4
Onondaga 33.1
Ontario 31.7
Orange 28.7
Orleans 16.4
Oswego 17.2
Otsego 26.8
Putnam 38.4
Queens 30.0
Rensselaer 28.6
Richmond 29.7
Rockland 40.4
Saratoga 37.1
Schenectady 29.0
Schoharie 19.3
Schuyler 16.9
Seneca 19.2
St. Lawrence 20.4
Steuben 20.8
Suffolk 32.9
Sullivan 20.9
Tioga 24.1
Tompkins 49.3
Ulster 29.9
Warren 28.0
Washington 18.3
Wayne 20.9
Westchester 45.4
Wyoming 14.6
Yates 23.2

Value for New York (Percent): 33.2%

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.


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