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The Census reports on the level of education attained by adults age 25 and older. Our elderly population grew up in a time when education attainment was typically lower, and college attendance was less widespread. As this population is succeeded by younger and increasingly well-educated cohorts, the percent of the population that has attained higher levels of education slowly increases. Not only has the number of diplomas and degrees increased, but their percentage in the population has also increased, indicating a growth in attainment greater than the relative growth in national population.

Educational Attainment in Population 25 Years and Over, 1990-2000
1990 2000
Number Percent of Total Number Percent of Total
Total Population Age 25+ 372,106 100.00% 408,799 100.00%
Less than 9th grade 64,096 17.23% 55,229 13.51%
Some high school, no diploma 69,652 18.72% 65,254 15.96%
High school graduate* 105,339 28.31% 109,542 26.80%
Some college, no degree 45,646 12.27% 61,316 15.00%
Associate degree 13,977 3.76% 14,102 3.45%
Bachelor's degree 49,687 13.35% 66,835 16.35%
Graduate or professional degree 23,709 6.37% 36,521 8.93%

* "High school graduate" includes people with the G.E.D. and similar equivalents.

Source: Census 2000 analyzed by the Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN).

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