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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+ 601,820 100.00% 635,489 100.00%
Less than 9th grade 68,876 11.44% 53,644 8.44%
Some high school, no diploma 105,630 17.55% 92,195 14.51%
High school graduate* 177,504 29.49% 178,665 28.11%
Some college, no degree 89,050 14.80% 111,214 17.50%
Associate degree 37,799 6.28% 44,595 7.02%
Bachelor's degree 77,833 12.93% 96,388 15.17%
Graduate or professional degree 45,128 7.50% 58,788 9.25%

* "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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