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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+ 2,198,963 100.00% 2,295,617 100.00%
Less than 9th grade 185,213 8.42% 132,917 5.79%
Some high school, no diploma 271,995 12.37% 234,739 10.23%
High school graduate* 648,366 29.49% 653,300 28.46%
Some college, no degree 350,418 15.94% 402,741 17.54%
Associate degree 145,278 6.61% 150,926 6.57%
Bachelor's degree 356,289 16.20% 416,751 18.15%
Graduate or professional degree 241,404 10.98% 304,243 13.25%

* "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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