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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+ 9,363 100.00% 11,798 100.00%
Less than 9th grade 2,584 27.60% 1,959 16.60%
Some high school, no diploma 1,705 18.21% 1,877 15.91%
High school graduate* 3,333 35.60% 4,780 40.52%
Some college, no degree 969 10.35% 1,769 14.99%
Associate degree 203 2.17% 321 2.72%
Bachelor's degree 398 4.25% 682 5.78%
Graduate or professional degree 171 1.83% 410 3.48%

* "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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