EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT



COLLEGE GRADUATESm 2003

Lobbyists, lawyers and legislators clearly believe in higher education - at least for themselves. The District of Columbia leads the nation in the proportion of college grads, with 46% of Washington adults reporting that they have at least a 4-year degree.

Nationwide, more than a fourth of Americans age 25 or older have a bachelor's degree, according to a recent report by the U.S. Census Bureau. Other highly educated states include Massachusetts, Maryland and Colorado. At the bottom of the list were West Virginia, Arkansas and Mississippi.

Educational attainment data was collected and analyzed by the Census Bureau as part of the Annual Social and Economic Supplement to the 2003 Current Population Survey. Findings were published in Educational Attainment in the United States: 2003, released in June 2004.

Percentage college graduates for each state appear below:
StatePopulation 25+
(thousands)
% bachelors degree
Alabama2,94822.7
Alaska38324.0
Arizona3,44126.0
Arkansas1,74317.4
California21,99029.8
Colorado2,89436.0
Connecticut2,23233.5
Delaware53128.1
District of Columbia40446.4
Florida11,26625.8
Georgia5,46825.0
Hawaii79627.0
Idaho79522.5
Illinois8,03128.1
Indiana3,97222.2
Iowa1,89124.6
Kansas1,69331.0
Kentucky2,67321.3
Louisiana2,76322.3
Maine88223.7
Maryland3,54537.2
Massachusetts4,41537.6
Michigan6,33023.3
Minnesota3,32332.7
Mississippi1,74219.3
Missouri3,63726.6
Montana60024.9
Nebraska1,07726.8
Nevada1,35621.2
New Hampshire86534.0
New Jersey5,74033.4
New Mexico1,15423.7
New York12,63629.6
North Carolina5,40923.8
North Dakota42025.2
Ohio7,30425.0
Oklahoma2,21424.3
Oregon2,31526.4
Pennsylvania8,27724.8
Rhode Island71327.6
South Carolina2,59122.3
South Dakota46523.9
Tennessee3,70023.5
Texas13,23124.7
Utah1,27228.4
Vermont42331.3
Virginia4,62334.2
Washington3,88428.8
West Virginia1,22215.3
Wisconsin3,58524.1
Wyoming32120.7


Source: Annual Social and Economic Supplement to the 2003 Current Population Survey Other rankings and top 10 lists


EPODUNK USER REVIEWS & BLOGS

Los Angeles, CA

Pros: climate; entertainment-media capital; geographic diversity; beaches.

Cons: Traffic; bad schools; gangs; too spread out.

This is a good place to Enjoy nightlife, including restaurants, bars, clubs.

Read the Entire Review
Read Other Reviews


Visit the Reader Blog Page
Visit the ePodunk Blog