List of U.S. states and territories by educational attainment

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This list of U.S. states and territories by educational attainment covers the fifty U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and the territory of Puerto Rico and their populations' educational attainment for all people of at least 25 years of age.

The data source for the list is the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey in 2019.[1] The American Community Survey is a large demographic survey collected throughout the year using mailed questionnaires, telephone interviews, and visits from Census Bureau field representatives to about 3.5 million household addresses annually, regardless of their legal immigration status. The survey does not measure graduation rates from different educational institutions, but instead, it measures the percentage of adult residents with a high school diploma.

Overall, 88.61% of Americans over the age of 25 had graduated from high school in 2019, with the highest level found in the state of Wyoming at 94.55% and the lowest in the state of California at 84.03%. In Puerto Rico, the proportion was even lower, though, at 78.78%.[1]

33.13% of Americans over the age of 25 had an educational attainment of having a bachelor's degree or higher in 2019. The state with the highest percentage of people having a bachelor's degree of higher educational attainment was Massachusetts at 44.98%, and the lowest was West Virginia at 21.05%. The District of Columbia had a percentage significantly higher than that of any U.S. state at 59.67%.[1]

Advanced Degrees, such as Master's Degrees and Doctorates were held by 12.79% of Americans at least 25 years old in 2019. Advanced Degrees were most common in Massachusetts, with 20.30% of Massachusetts residents holding an advanced degree of any type in 2019, and they were least common in Arkansas, with 8.26% of Arkansas residents holding an advanced degree. The District of Columbia had a percentage significantly higher than that of any U.S. state at 59.67%, while in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, 7.95% of Americans had an advanced degree, a proportion lower than any state in the U.S.[1]

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In the list below, you can find the population in each state and territory of the U.S. who has attained a specific education level (out of people 25 years or over), and the percentage of the population who has attained that education level. The list is initially sorted in Alphabetical order but you can click the table headers to sort by any column.[1]

State or Territory Population over the age of 25 With a High School Diploma or higher With a Bachelor's Degree or higher With an Advanced Degree
Population Pct Population Pct Population Pct
 
 Alabama 3,360,058 2,926,985 87.11% 885,357 26.35% 337,382 10.04%
 Alaska 484,058 452,968 93.58% 146,157 30.19% 56,574 11.69%
 Arizona 4,944,540 4,331,542 87.60% 1,492,158 30.18% 561,120 11.35%
 Arkansas 2,036,456 1,781,463 87.48% 475,367 23.34% 168,182 8.26%
 California 26,937,872 22,636,359 84.03% 9,428,484 35.00% 3,538,760 13.14%
 Colorado 3,974,943 3,672,723 92.40% 1,695,602 42.66% 637,777 16.04%
 Connecticut 2,496,420 2,264,581 90.71% 994,548 39.84% 445,382 17.84%
 Delaware 687,311 620,789 90.32% 228,199 33.20% 93,912 13.66%
 District of Columbia 505,145 463,977 91.85% 301,429 59.67% 171,604 33.97%
 Florida 15,484,502 13,689,867 88.41% 4,753,637 30.70% 1,770,994 11.44%
 Georgia 7,080,222 6,224,197 87.91% 2,301,568 32.51% 891,173 12.59%
 Hawaii 996,668 920,690 92.38% 335,209 33.63% 115,230 11.56%
 Idaho 1,170,997 1,071,091 91.47% 336,655 28.75% 116,466 9.95%
 Illinois 8,694,694 7,812,057 89.85% 3,108,972 35.76% 1,222,732 14.06%
 Indiana 4,502,015 4,033,932 89.60% 1,212,826 26.94% 435,055 9.66%
 Iowa 2,123,004 1,966,523 92.63% 622,253 29.31% 202,054 9.52%
 Kansas 1,918,081 1,760,324 91.78% 652,489 34.02% 237,638 12.39%
 Kentucky 3,048,442 2,657,789 87.19% 765,923 25.13% 312,883 10.26%
 Louisiana 3,140,201 2,699,357 85.96% 784,275 24.98% 280,328 8.93%
 Maine 991,152 923,838 93.21% 328,999 33.19% 123,277 12.44%
 Maryland 4,183,858 3,781,706 90.39% 1,710,230 40.88% 798,449 19.08%
 Massachusetts 4,850,576 4,429,635 91.32% 2,181,743 44.98% 984,535 20.30%
 Michigan 6,894,627 6,298,340 91.35% 2,070,795 30.03% 818,110 11.87%
 Minnesota 3,847,212 3,601,522 93.61% 1,433,226 37.25% 490,396 12.75%
 Mississippi 1,979,664 1,688,747 85.30% 441,751 22.31% 171,039 8.64%
 Missouri 4,206,162 3,814,347 90.68% 1,271,281 30.22% 495,473 11.78%
 Montana 741,950 699,268 94.25% 249,148 33.58% 77,839 10.49%
 Nebraska 1,271,770 1,170,498 92.04% 422,587 33.23% 145,428 11.44%
 Nevada 2,136,466 1,855,551 86.85% 548,919 25.69% 193,082 9.04%
 New Hampshire 979,750 914,078 93.30% 368,237 37.58% 143,601 14.66%
 New Jersey 6,191,229 5,591,610 90.32% 2,551,765 41.22% 995,984 16.09%
 New Mexico 1,425,988 1,224,660 85.88% 394,598 27.67% 173,317 12.15%
 New York 13,664,734 11,970,504 87.60% 5,166,218 37.81% 2,267,778 16.60%
 North Carolina 7,187,077 6,368,153 88.61% 2,321,185 32.30% 849,765 11.82%
 North Dakota 504,375 471,356 93.45% 153,397 30.41% 44,870 8.90%
 Ohio 8,049,805 7,308,958 90.80% 2,356,585 29.28% 891,640 11.08%
 Oklahoma 2,619,244 2,315,978 88.42% 686,509 26.21% 238,621 9.11%
 Oregon 2,988,118 2,729,719 91.35% 1,032,316 34.55% 404,405 13.53%
 Pennsylvania 9,028,036 8,216,204 91.01% 2,917,402 32.31% 1,155,775 12.80%
 Puerto Rico 2,301,735 1,813,327 78.78% 626,580 27.22% 182,991 7.95%
 Rhode Island 746,952 666,745 89.26% 260,275 34.84% 104,188 13.95%
 South Carolina 3,563,204 3,147,526 88.33% 1,054,559 29.60% 398,063 11.17%
 South Dakota 588,029 541,735 92.13% 174,784 29.72% 53,553 9.11%
 Tennessee 4,693,962 4,131,145 88.01% 1,348,224 28.72% 503,124 10.72%
 Texas 18,772,550 15,890,162 84.65% 5,776,533 30.77% 2,025,736 10.79%
 Utah 1,911,592 1,778,532 93.04% 664,661 34.77% 216,552 11.33%
 Vermont 445,558 414,700 93.07% 172,272 38.66% 71,257 15.99%
 Virginia 5,872,757 5,288,045 90.04% 2,325,070 39.59% 1,012,270 17.24%
 Washington 5,290,324 4,850,250 91.68% 1,955,632 36.97% 750,904 14.19%
 West Virginia 1,281,086 1,116,281 87.14% 269,706 21.05% 108,020 8.43%
 Wisconsin 4,015,285 3,724,423 92.76% 1,258,379 31.34% 428,501 10.67%
 Wyoming 389,847 368,597 94.55% 113,557 29.13% 40,374 10.36%
 United States 224,898,568 199,280,027 88.61% 74,501,651 33.13% 28,771,172 12.79%

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Americans with a high school education or higher by state according to the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey in 2019
Americans with an advanced degree by state according to the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey in 2019
Americans with a bachelor's degree or higher by state according to the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey in 2019

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 20 March 2021. Retrieved 20 March 2021.