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Chapter 8. State Indicators

Elementary and Secondary Education

High school graduates among individuals 25–44 years old



Findings

  • Nationwide, 87.1% of the early- to mid-career population had at least a high school credential in 2009, a slight increase from the 85.0% who held such a credential in 2000.
  • Forty-six states and the District of Columbia showed an increase in the percentage of their early- to mid-career population with at least a high school credential between 2000 and 2009. Six states had 2009 values below the 2000 national average of 85.0%, compared with 17 states and the District of Columbia in 2000.
  • In 2009, the early- to mid-career population with at least a high school credential varied greatly among states, ranging from 80.8% to 98.3%. States in close proximity to the southern border of the United States tended to rank lowest on this indicator.


Description

This indicator represents the percentage of the early- to mid-career population that has earned at least a high school credential. The indicator displays results based on where high school graduates live rather than where they were educated. High values indicate a resident population and potential workforce with widespread basic education credentials.

Estimates of educational attainment have been developed by the U.S. Census Bureau. Data from 2005 and later are derived from the American Community Survey (ACS), the largest household survey in the United States, with a sample size of about 3 million addresses. The ACS collects information on an annual basis. Data prior to 2005 were derived from the Decennial Census.

Estimates of population ages 25–44 are provided by the Census Bureau based on the 2000 Decennial Census. Estimates for states with smaller populations are generally less precise than estimates for states with larger populations.

Data Table

Table 8-15
High school graduates among individuals 25–44 years old, by state: 2000, 2005, and 2009
 
  Graduates 25–44 years old   Population 25–44 years old   Graduates/population 25–44 years old (%)
State 2000 2005 2009   2000 2005 2009   2000 2005 2009
 
United States 72,241,876 71,215,646 72,337,536   85,040,251 83,257,116 83,096,278   85.0 85.5 87.1
Alabama 1,064,945 1,035,193 1,055,386   1,288,527 1,231,043 1,235,509   82.6 84.1 85.4
Alaska 186,160 162,669 179,001   203,522 191,837 197,248   91.5 84.8 90.7
Arizona 1,232,818 1,367,583 1,528,930   1,511,469 1,695,189 1,826,751   81.6 80.7 83.7
Arkansas 622,698 633,557 651,055   750,972 747,630 755,915   82.9 84.7 86.1
California 8,286,071 8,316,850 8,590,128   10,714,403 10,668,824 10,604,180   77.3 78.0 81.0
Colorado 1,242,919 1,240,697 1,279,279   1,400,850 1,388,046 1,445,400   88.7 89.4 88.5
Connecticut 926,614 852,932 820,616   1,032,689 951,020 899,649   89.7 89.7 91.2
Delaware 207,799 206,583 209,049   236,441 234,823 232,837   87.9 88.0 89.8
District of Columbia 157,077 163,027 180,722   189,439 190,118 197,983   82.9 85.8 91.3
Florida 3,840,710 4,000,762 4,170,014   4,569,347 4,787,948 4,789,059   84.1 83.6 87.1
Georgia 2,238,995 2,368,999 2,418,543   2,652,764 2,746,294 2,830,740   84.4 86.3 85.4
Hawaii 333,762 308,637 344,834   362,336 354,560 360,037   92.1 87.0 95.8
Idaho 316,815 327,870 355,984   362,401 375,247 400,329   87.4 87.4 88.9
Illinois 3,265,416 3,200,557 3,146,716   3,795,544 3,611,958 3,544,995   86.0 88.6 88.8
Indiana 1,567,100 1,500,650 1,502,416   1,791,828 1,716,726 1,689,050   87.5 87.4 89.0
Iowa 740,397 713,525 685,787   808,259 746,659 734,622   91.6 95.6 93.4
Kansas 687,268 656,920 649,026   769,204 713,752 717,645   89.3 92.0 90.4
Kentucky 1,009,246 993,094 1,014,340   1,210,773 1,172,770 1,162,402   83.4 84.7 87.3
Louisiana 1,044,255 1,026,229 1,022,069   1,293,128 1,217,593 1,186,325   80.8 84.3 86.2
Maine 339,227 317,653 301,407   370,597 344,295 322,409   91.5 92.3 93.5
Maryland 1,487,216 1,399,879 1,398,327   1,664,677 1,611,882 1,557,085   89.3 86.8 89.8
Massachusetts 1,795,438 1,690,234 1,635,794   1,989,783 1,857,726 1,787,350   90.2 91.0 91.5
Michigan 2,630,713 2,455,339 2,293,446   2,960,544 2,743,365 2,536,880   88.9 89.5 90.4
Minnesota 1,395,170 1,345,742 1,299,949   1,497,320 1,420,387 1,394,305   93.2 94.7 93.2
Mississippi 650,242 648,458 644,971   807,170 771,676 761,785   80.6 84.0 84.7
Missouri 1,426,806 1,378,001 1,388,876   1,626,302 1,566,374 1,554,391   87.7 88.0 89.4
Montana 225,105 216,509 214,586   245,220 226,076 231,769   91.8 95.8 92.6
Nebraska 441,527 421,008 412,126   487,107 453,659 451,666   90.6 92.8 91.2
Nevada 508,173 585,942 631,069   628,572 719,501 769,608   80.8 81.4 82.0
New Hampshire 350,744 330,926 310,704   381,240 357,080 333,694   92.0 92.7 93.1
New Jersey 2,313,820 2,165,296 2,135,875   2,624,146 2,485,721 2,363,679   88.2 87.1 90.4
New Mexico 425,745 411,608 430,512   516,100 510,063 523,059   82.5 80.7 82.3
New York 4,926,064 4,786,794 4,697,650   5,831,622 5,548,409 5,351,598   84.5 86.3 87.8
North Carolina 2,117,289 2,148,501 2,217,822   2,500,535 2,485,963 2,553,673   84.7 86.4 86.8
North Dakota 164,893 155,297 150,983   174,891 151,681 153,582   94.3 102.4 98.3
Ohio 2,965,744 2,759,770 2,716,279   3,325,210 3,122,259 2,998,151   89.2 88.4 90.6
Oklahoma 836,030 807,209 828,944   975,169 929,451 957,235   85.7 86.8 86.6
Oregon 861,602 872,276 907,376   997,269 988,164 1,028,645   86.4 88.3 88.2
Pennsylvania 3,136,195 2,908,593 2,922,659   3,508,562 3,280,173 3,187,617   89.4 88.7 91.7
Rhode Island 265,033 264,154 247,679   310,636 296,463 274,622   85.3 89.1 90.2
South Carolina 990,207 999,627 1,036,562   1,185,955 1,172,501 1,200,366   83.5 85.3 86.4
South Dakota 188,052 180,013 180,578   206,399 194,122 196,143   91.1 92.7 92.1
Tennessee 1,439,729 1,459,559 1,502,094   1,718,428 1,698,113 1,710,134   83.8 86.0 87.8
Texas 5,115,457 5,248,281 5,709,404   6,484,321 6,665,252 7,064,651   78.9 78.7 80.8
Utah 555,513 646,632 700,665   626,600 686,668 775,481   88.7 94.2 90.4
Vermont 162,109 150,073 138,869   176,456 158,184 148,584   91.9 94.9 93.5
Virginia 1,962,040 1,896,614 1,959,386   2,237,655 2,194,670 2,194,699   87.7 86.4 89.3
Washington 1,617,766 1,592,550 1,654,322   1,816,217 1,783,093 1,855,094   89.1 89.3 89.2
West Virginia 420,900 411,155 408,715   501,343 468,846 459,606   84.0 87.7 88.9
Wisconsin 1,429,331 1,367,667 1,326,456   1,581,690 1,495,775 1,449,006   90.4 91.4 91.5
Wyoming 126,931 117,952 129,556   138,619 127,487 139,035   91.6 92.5 93.2
                       
Puerto Rico 794,579 868,650 879,051   1,049,995 1,076,844 1,084,239   75.7 80.7 81.1
 

SOURCES: Census Bureau, 2000 Decennial Census, Population Estimates Program (various years), and American Community Survey (various years).

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