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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+ 9,089 100.00% 9,424 100.00%
Less than 9th grade 1,810 19.91% 1,179 12.51%
Some high school, no diploma 1,766 19.43% 1,561 16.56%
High school graduate* 3,478 38.27% 4,099 43.50%
Some college, no degree 1,127 12.40% 1,559 16.54%
Associate degree 367 4.04% 358 3.80%
Bachelor's degree 283 3.11% 400 4.24%
Graduate or professional degree 258 2.84% 268 2.84%

* "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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