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Chapter 8. State Indicators

Higher Education

Bachelor’s Degree Holders among Individuals 25–44 Years Old



Findings

  • The early- to midcareer population with at least a bachelor’s degree was 31.7% nationwide in 2011, an increase from 27.4% in 2001.
  • All states, except South Dakota and New Mexico, showed an increase in the percentage of their early-career population with at least a bachelor’s degree between 2001 and 2011.
  • In 2011, the percentage of the early-career population with at least a bachelor’s degree varied among states, ranging from 21.1 % to 45.8%. The highest percentages tended to be found in the New England and Middle Atlantic states.
  • States with the lowest cost of living tended to rank lowest on this indicator.
  • The difference between Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) and non-EPSCoR states, as a group, remained relatively unchanged and may have increased slightly between 2001 and 2011.


Description

This indicator represents the percentage of the early- to midcareer population that has earned at least a 4-year undergraduate degree. The indicator represents where college degree holders live rather than where they were educated. The age cohort of 25–44 years represents a group of individuals who are potential long-term participants in a state’s workforce.

Estimates of educational attainment are developed by the U.S. Census Bureau. Small differences in the value of this indicator between states and across time generally are not meaningful.


Data Table

Table 8-32
Bachelor’s degree holders among individuals 25–44 years old, by state: 2001, 2006, and 2011
 
Bachelor’s degree holders
25–44 years old
Individuals 25–44 years old Bachelor’s degree
holders/individuals
25–44 years old (%)
State 2001 2006 2011 2001 2006 2011 2001 2006 2011
 
EPSCoR states 2,881,370 3,071,085 3,318,921 12,874,120 12,561,026 12,630,814 22.0 24.0 26.0
Non-EPSCoR states 20,034,473 21,178,682 22,506,261 70,933,001 69,375,658 69,048,386 28.0 31.0 33.0
Average EPSCoR state value na na na na na na 23.6 26.2 28.1
Average non-EPSCoR state value na na na na na na 28.7 31.1 33.2
 
United States 23,146,638 24,511,980 26,126,620 84,523,274 82,638,980 82,432,298 27.4 29.7 31.7
Alabama 260,871 279,106 302,531 1,266,952 1,233,767 1,223,076 20.6 22.6 24.7
Alaska 41,179 49,715 54,019 198,158 188,470 198,914 20.8 26.4 27.2
Arizona 345,585 439,549 447,271 1,526,458 1,664,223 1,688,279 22.6 26.4 26.5
Arkansas 140,169 154,707 171,718 743,315 747,504 745,421 18.9 20.7 23.0
California 2,902,253 3,139,598 3,325,565 10,750,718 10,578,738 10,565,342 27.0 29.7 31.5
Colorado 479,814 502,928 559,124 1,412,620 1,380,451 1,448,033 34.0 36.4 38.6
Connecticut 364,317 353,075 357,969 1,017,477 944,217 898,232 35.8 37.4 39.9
Delaware 62,714 73,850 73,414 233,890 232,516 227,578 26.8 31.8 32.3
District of Columbia 90,167 104,724 138,826 190,251 187,870 216,233 47.4 55.7 64.2
Florida 1,116,118 1,261,961 1,291,828 4,591,807 4,804,621 4,758,046 24.3 26.3 27.2
Georgia 711,728 788,910 829,700 2,668,017 2,727,666 2,741,412 26.7 28.9 30.3
Hawaii 91,816 108,311 106,724 357,271 358,311 366,855 25.7 30.2 29.1
Idaho 74,079 94,112 106,168 362,154 383,267 402,781 20.5 24.6 26.4
Illinois 1,188,735 1,207,920 1,280,116 3,756,180 3,572,420 3,491,104 31.6 33.8 36.7
Indiana 414,582 421,398 448,594 1,769,492 1,705,535 1,665,758 23.4 24.7 26.9
Iowa 210,690 219,911 238,650 793,288 747,836 749,530 26.6 29.4 31.8
Kansas 234,772 228,389 243,650 755,887 713,707 727,160 31.1 32.0 33.5
Kentucky 242,002 265,168 279,374 1,194,291 1,162,541 1,138,883 20.3 22.8 24.5
Louisiana 258,592 250,100 283,642 1,268,704 1,152,042 1,203,069 20.4 21.7 23.6
Maine 85,043 90,374 96,292 364,111 337,692 312,002 23.4 26.8 30.9
Maryland 580,246 605,876 627,067 1,652,198 1,598,650 1,565,884 35.1 37.9 40.0
Massachusetts 797,799 775,630 795,926 1,967,815 1,795,786 1,738,118 40.5 43.2 45.8
Michigan 765,478 759,116 711,953 2,905,689 2,658,755 2,414,603 26.3 28.6 29.5
Minnesota 500,619 500,908 535,146 1,486,814 1,412,852 1,400,438 33.7 35.5 38.2
Mississippi 154,507 159,018 162,731 794,888 767,066 760,122 19.4 20.7 21.4
Missouri 421,368 436,851 466,569 1,606,777 1,547,126 1,523,458 26.2 28.2 30.6
Montana 60,140 68,280 76,273 238,899 228,548 237,269 25.2 29.9 32.1
Nebraska 138,097 145,722 153,063 478,968 458,133 469,737 28.8 31.8 32.6
Nevada 112,005 151,981 161,563 648,880 747,896 766,544 17.3 20.3 21.1
New Hampshire 119,801 121,670 118,254 378,536 348,846 319,411 31.6 34.9 37.0
New Jersey 965,627 940,691 945,454 2,603,347 2,446,589 2,338,637 37.1 38.4 40.4
New Mexico 107,707 116,419 119,738 506,151 507,378 519,946 21.3 22.9 23.0
New York 1,807,717 1,934,138 2,066,561 5,775,563 5,417,603 5,280,570 31.3 35.7 39.1
North Carolina 620,220 689,731 776,393 2,504,293 2,518,651 2,577,307 24.8 27.4 30.1
North Dakota 48,812 49,178 55,888 168,631 156,114 170,010 28.9 31.5 32.9
Ohio 829,739 820,656 840,370 3,259,384 3,037,836 2,873,075 25.5 27.0 29.2
Oklahoma 203,189 217,214 249,805 960,435 938,630 975,445 21.2 23.1 25.6
Oregon 256,959 291,514 317,301 992,783 994,743 1,031,267 25.9 29.3 30.8
Pennsylvania 966,550 981,799 1,045,715 3,435,158 3,224,924 3,123,097 28.1 30.4 33.5
Rhode Island 92,810 98,999 91,168 306,912 284,670 261,020 30.2 34.8 34.9
South Carolina 274,797 276,216 315,050 1,175,787 1,179,555 1,193,581 23.4 23.4 26.4
South Dakota 56,014 56,968 59,989 202,454 193,284 201,235 27.7 29.5 29.8
Tennessee 390,824 406,110 455,453 1,699,828 1,690,961 1,678,144 23.0 24.0 27.1
Texas 1,562,573 1,710,381 1,972,064 6,529,822 6,742,164 7,180,834 23.9 25.4 27.5
Utah 156,274 201,175 238,953 633,099 701,224 793,074 24.7 28.7 30.1
Vermont 53,430 51,825 56,930 172,405 155,997 146,497 31.0 33.2 38.9
Virginia 739,779 777,630 878,899 2,227,441 2,190,642 2,215,775 33.2 35.5 39.7
Washington 534,153 578,583 610,787 1,805,606 1,791,998 1,868,055 29.6 32.3 32.7
West Virginia 78,782 91,847 104,925 487,860 468,119 455,269 16.1 19.6 23.0
Wisconsin 404,726 432,643 442,833 1,561,327 1,479,447 1,440,314 25.9 29.2 30.7
Wyoming 30,670 29,405 38,624 134,483 131,399 145,854 22.8 22.4 26.5
 
Puerto Rico NA 279,953 278,782 1,055,380 1,080,801 955,369 NA 25.9 29.2
 

na = not applicable; NA = not available.

EPSCoR = Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research.

NOTE: For an explanation of EPSCoR and non-EPSCoR averages, see the chapter introduction.

SOURCES: Census Bureau, 2000 and 2010 Decennial Censuses, Population Estimates Program (various years), and American Community Survey ­(various years).

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