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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+ 2,333,833 100.00% 2,646,397 100.00%
Less than 9th grade 442,579 18.96% 309,293 11.69%
Some high school, no diploma 383,278 16.42% 375,707 14.20%
High school graduate* 741,012 31.75% 888,277 33.57%
Some college, no degree 354,227 15.18% 490,170 18.52%
Associate degree 94,610 4.05% 129,481 4.89%
Bachelor's degree 189,539 8.12% 271,418 10.26%
Graduate or professional degree 128,588 5.51% 182,051 6.88%

* "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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