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Bachelor's Degree Holders among Individuals 25–44 Years Old (Percent)

State Indicator S-30

This indicator represents the percentage of the early- to mid-career 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. High values indicate a resident population or potential workforce with widespread credentials at the college or university level.

Estimates of educational attainment have been developed by the U.S. Census Bureau. Data are derived from the American Community Survey (ACS), the largest household survey in the United States, with a sample size of about 3.5 million addresses. The ACS collects information on an annual basis. Bachelor’s degree holders include those with degrees awarded by both public and private institutions and in S&E and non-S&E fields.

Estimates of the population aged 25–44 years are provided by the Census Bureau based on the 2000 and 2010 Decennial Censuses and are reported by the state of residence. Each year, the Census Bureau utilizes current data on births, deaths, and migration to calculate population change since the most recent decennial census and produces time series of estimates of population. Because these values are estimates, small differences in the value of this indicator between states and across time generally are not meaningful. Estimates for states with smaller populations are generally less precise than estimates for states with larger populations.

Nationwide, the portion of this age cohort with a postsecondary degree has increased over time though continues to vary substantially across states. Highest percentages of bachelor’s degree holders are typically found in the New England and Middle Atlantic states.

Data sources: U.S. Census Bureau, special tabulations of the American Community Survey; U.S. Census Bureau, 2000 and 2010 Decennial Censuses and Population Estimates Program.

  • 1st Quartile

    39.4%66.8%
  • 2nd Quartile

    33.4%38.3%
  • 3rd Quartile

    29.5%33.1%
  • 4th Quartile

    23%29.4%
  • No data

Footnote

NOTES: Bachelor's degree holders include those who completed a bachelor's or higher degree. The national total for degree holders for the United States includes Puerto Rico; The national population total for the United States includes Puerto Rico.

SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau, special tabulations of the American Community Survey (various years), data as of November 2017; U.S. Census Bureau, 2000 and 2010 Decennial Censuses and Population Estimates Program (various years), data as of June 2017.

Recommended Citation: National Science Board. 2018. “Bachelor's Degree Holders among Individuals 25–44 Years Old.” Science and Engineering Indicators 2018, State Indicators. Alexandria, VA: National Science Foundation (NSB-2018-1). https://www.nsf.gov/statistics/state-indicators/indicator/bachelors-degree-holders-per-25-44-year-olds

Last updated: January 18, 2018