Census: "One-third of the adult population in the United States has a bachelor’s degree or higher"

by Bill McBride on 3/30/2017 04:46:00 PM

From the Census Bureau: More than one-third of the adult population in the United States has a bachelor’s degree or higher

More than one-third of the adult population in the United States has a bachelor’s degree or higher marking the first time in decades of data.

The percentage rose to 33.4 percent in 2016, a significant milestone since the Current Population Survey began collecting educational attainment in 1940,” said Kurt Bauman, Chief of the Education and Social Stratification Branch. “In 1940, only 4.6 percent had reached that level of education.”

In 2010, less than 30 percent of those 25 and older had completed a bachelor’s degree or higher, and in 2006, 28 percent had reached that level of education.
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Educational AttainmentThis graph shows the percent of adults, 25 years and older, with a bachelor’s degree or higher.

More education is one of the reasons I’ve argued the Future is Bright!