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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+ 1,995,424 100.00% 2,203,173 100.00%
Less than 9th grade 195,015 9.77% 134,976 6.13%
Some high school, no diploma 311,946 15.63% 292,257 13.27%
High school graduate* 607,903 30.46% 693,607 31.48%
Some college, no degree 425,225 21.31% 516,456 23.44%
Associate degree 100,366 5.03% 119,106 5.41%
Bachelor's degree 236,112 11.83% 297,082 13.48%
Graduate or professional degree 118,857 5.96% 149,689 6.79%

* "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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