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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+ 18,280 100.00% 29,317 100.00%
Less than 9th grade 2,948 16.13% 2,755 9.40%
Some high school, no diploma 4,576 25.03% 5,069 17.29%
High school graduate* 5,855 32.03% 10,551 35.99%
Some college, no degree 2,512 13.74% 6,137 20.93%
Associate degree 702 3.84% 1,609 5.49%
Bachelor's degree 1,112 6.08% 2,283 7.79%
Graduate or professional degree 575 3.15% 913 3.11%

* "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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