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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+ 65,855 100.00% 65,593 100.00%
Less than 9th grade 8,930 13.56% 4,813 7.34%
Some high school, no diploma 12,162 18.47% 10,929 16.66%
High school graduate* 19,103 29.01% 19,917 30.36%
Some college, no degree 11,714 17.79% 13,574 20.69%
Associate degree 3,640 5.53% 4,071 6.21%
Bachelor's degree 6,842 10.39% 7,959 12.13%
Graduate or professional degree 3,464 5.26% 4,330 6.60%

* "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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