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Table 8. Percentage of persons age 25 and over with high school completion or higher and a bachelor's or higher degree, by race/ethnicity and sex: Selected years, 1910 through 2012
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
Sex, high school or bachelor's degree attainment, and year Total White1 Black1 Hispanic Asian/Pacific Islander American Indian/
Alaska Native
Two or more races
Total Asian Pacific Islander
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Total                                    
High school completion or higher2                                    
19103 13.5 (—) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
19203 16.4 (—) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
19303 19.1 (—) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1940 24.5 (—) 26.1 (—) 7.7 (—) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1950 34.3 (—) 36.4 (—) 13.7 (—) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
                                     
1960 41.1 (—) 43.2 (—) 21.7 (—) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1970 55.2 (—) 57.4 (—) 36.1 (—) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1975 62.5 (—) 65.8 (—) 42.6 (—) 38.5 (—) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1980 68.6 (0.20) 71.9 (0.21) 51.4 (0.81) 44.5 (1.18) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1985 73.9 (0.18) 77.5 (0.19) 59.9 (0.74) 47.9 (0.99) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
                                     
1986 74.7 (0.18) 78.2 (0.19) 62.5 (0.72) 48.5 (0.96) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1987 75.6 (0.17) 79.0 (0.18) 63.6 (0.71) 50.9 (0.94) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1988 76.2 (0.17) 79.8 (0.18) 63.5 (0.70) 51.0 (0.92) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1989 76.9 (0.17) 80.7 (0.18) 64.7 (0.69) 50.9 (0.89) 82.3 (1.17) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1990 77.6 (0.17) 81.4 (0.17) 66.2 (0.67) 50.8 (0.88) 84.2 (1.09) (†) (†) (†) (†)
                                     
1991 78.4 (0.16) 82.4 (0.17) 66.8 (0.66) 51.3 (0.86) 84.2 (1.05) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1992 79.4 (0.16) 83.4 (0.16) 67.7 (0.65) 52.6 (0.85) 83.7 (1.02) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1993 80.2 (0.16) 84.1 (0.16) 70.5 (0.63) 53.1 (0.83) 84.2 (1.00) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1994 80.9 (0.15) 84.9 (0.16) 73.0 (0.61) 53.3 (0.78) 84.8 (0.98) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1995 81.7 (0.15) 85.9 (0.16) 73.8 (0.61) 53.4 (0.78) 83.8 (1.06) (†) (†) (†) (†)
                                     
1996 81.7 (0.16) 86.0 (0.16) 74.6 (0.53) 53.1 (0.68) 83.5 (0.82) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1997 82.1 (0.14) 86.3 (0.15) 75.3 (0.52) 54.7 (0.54) 85.2 (0.75) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1998 82.8 (0.14) 87.1 (0.14) 76.4 (0.50) 55.5 (0.53) 84.9 (0.74) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1999 83.4 (0.14) 87.7 (0.14) 77.4 (0.49) 56.1 (0.52) 84.7 (0.73) (†) (†) (†) (†)
2000 84.1 (0.13) 88.4 (0.14) 78.9 (0.48) 57.0 (0.51) 85.7 (0.71) (†) (†) (†) (†)
                                     
2001 84.3 (0.13) 88.7 (0.13) 79.5 (0.47) 56.5 (0.50) 87.8 (0.60) (†) (†) (†) (†)
2002 84.1 (0.09) 88.7 (0.10) 79.2 (0.34) 57.0 (0.34) 87.7 (0.44) (†) (†) (†) (†)
2003 84.6 (0.09) 89.4 (0.09) 80.3 (0.33) 57.0 (0.33) 87.8 (0.43) 87.8 (0.44) 88.2 (1.87) 77.2 (1.64) 86.1 (0.97)
2004 85.2 (0.09) 90.0 (0.09) 81.1 (0.32) 58.4 (0.32) 86.9 (0.43) 86.9 (0.44) 88.5 (1.91) 77.8 (1.61) 87.2 (0.91)
2005 85.2 (0.14) 90.1 (0.16) 81.4 (0.44) 58.5 (0.53) 87.8 (0.62) 87.7 (0.62) 90.1 (2.69) 75.6 (2.02) 88.6 (0.83)
                                     
2006 85.5 (0.15) 90.5 (0.15) 81.2 (0.43) 59.3 (0.58) 87.5 (0.71) 87.5 (0.71) 85.7 (2.51) 78.5 (2.11) 88.1 (0.90)
2007 85.7 (0.15) 90.6 (0.15) 82.8 (0.39) 60.3 (0.56) 88.0 (0.79) 87.9 (0.81) 88.6 (2.30) 80.3 (2.27) 89.3 (0.87)
2008 86.6 (0.15) 91.5 (0.15) 83.3 (0.40) 62.3 (0.58) 89.0 (0.62) 88.8 (0.64) 94.4 (1.00) 78.4 (2.74) 89.5 (1.12)
2009 86.7 (0.15) 91.6 (0.15) 84.2 (0.44) 61.9 (0.56) 88.4 (0.61) 88.3 (0.63) 90.8 (1.76) 81.5 (1.83) 87.4 (0.96)
2010 87.1 (0.13) 92.1 (0.14) 84.6 (0.41) 62.9 (0.53) 89.1 (0.67) 89.1 (0.68) 90.2 (1.95) 80.8 (1.76) 88.9 (0.90)
                                     
2011 87.6 (0.13) 92.4 (0.14) 84.8 (0.41) 64.3 (0.54) 88.8 (0.55) 88.7 (0.57) 90.4 (1.61) 82.3 (1.77) 89.4 (1.00)
2012 87.6 (0.15) 92.5 (0.14) 85.7 (0.40) 65.0 (0.59) 89.2 (0.59) 89.0 (0.61) 91.6 (1.33) 81.8 (1.69) 91.0 (0.89)
                                     
Bachelor's or higher degree4                                    
19103 2.7 (—) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
19203 3.3 (—) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
19303 3.9 (—) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1940 4.6 (—) 4.9 (—) 1.3 (—) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1950 6.2 (—) 6.6 (—) 2.2 (—) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
                                     
1960 7.7 (—) 8.1 (—) 3.5 (—) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1970 11.0 (—) 11.6 (—) 6.1 (—) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1975 13.9 (—) 14.9 (—) 6.4 (—) 6.6 (—) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1980 17.0 (0.16) 18.4 (0.18) 7.9 (0.44) 7.6 (0.63) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1985 19.4 (0.16) 20.8 (0.19) 11.1 (0.47) 8.5 (0.55) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
                                     
1986 19.4 (0.16) 20.9 (0.19) 10.9 (0.47) 8.4 (0.53) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1987 19.9 (0.16) 21.4 (0.19) 10.8 (0.46) 8.6 (0.53) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1988 20.3 (0.16) 21.8 (0.19) 11.2 (0.46) 10.0 (0.55) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1989 21.1 (0.16) 22.8 (0.19) 11.7 (0.46) 9.9 (0.53) 41.5 (1.51) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1990 21.3 (0.16) 23.1 (0.19) 11.3 (0.45) 9.2 (0.51) 41.7 (1.47) (†) (†) (†) (†)
                                     
1991 21.4 (0.16) 23.3 (0.19) 11.5 (0.45) 9.7 (0.51) 40.3 (1.42) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1992 21.4 (0.16) 23.2 (0.19) 11.9 (0.45) 9.3 (0.49) 39.3 (1.35) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1993 21.9 (0.16) 23.8 (0.19) 12.2 (0.45) 9.0 (0.48) 42.1 (1.35) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1994 22.2 (0.16) 24.3 (0.19) 12.9 (0.46) 9.1 (0.45) 41.3 (1.34) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1995 23.0 (0.16) 25.4 (0.19) 13.3 (0.47) 9.3 (0.45) 38.5 (1.40) (†) (†) (†) (†)
                                     
1996 23.6 (0.17) 25.9 (0.20) 13.8 (0.42) 9.3 (0.40) 42.3 (1.09) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1997 23.9 (0.16) 26.2 (0.19) 13.3 (0.41) 10.3 (0.33) 42.6 (1.04) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1998 24.4 (0.16) 26.6 (0.19) 14.8 (0.42) 11.0 (0.33) 42.3 (1.02) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1999 25.2 (0.16) 27.7 (0.19) 15.5 (0.43) 10.9 (0.33) 42.4 (1.01) (†) (†) (†) (†)
2000 25.6 (0.16) 28.1 (0.19) 16.6 (0.44) 10.6 (0.32) 44.4 (1.00) (†) (†) (†) (†)
                                     
2001 26.1 (0.16) 28.6 (0.19) 16.1 (0.43) 11.2 (0.32) 48.0 (0.92) (†) (†) (†) (†)
2002 26.7 (0.11) 29.4 (0.14) 17.2 (0.31) 11.1 (0.21) 47.7 (0.66) (†) (†) (†) (†)
2003 27.2 (0.11) 30.0 (0.14) 17.4 (0.31) 11.4 (0.21) 48.8 (0.65) 50.0 (0.67) 27.0 (2.56) 12.6 (1.30) 22.0 (1.17)
2004 27.7 (0.11) 30.6 (0.14) 17.7 (0.31) 12.1 (0.21) 48.9 (0.64) 49.7 (0.66) 32.4 (2.81) 14.3 (1.36) 21.8 (1.13)
2005 27.7 (0.23) 30.6 (0.29) 17.6 (0.45) 12.0 (0.31) 49.3 (0.91) 50.4 (0.93) 24.6 (3.67) 14.5 (1.51) 23.2 (1.19)
                                     
2006 28.0 (0.20) 31.0 (0.25) 18.6 (0.47) 12.4 (0.32) 49.1 (1.04) 50.0 (1.06) 26.9 (3.42) 12.9 (1.60) 23.1 (1.28)
2007 28.7 (0.21) 31.8 (0.27) 18.7 (0.51) 12.7 (0.31) 51.2 (1.02) 52.5 (1.03) 23.8 (3.30) 13.1 (1.24) 23.7 (1.30)
2008 29.4 (0.21) 32.6 (0.26) 19.7 (0.51) 13.3 (0.29) 51.9 (0.95) 52.9 (0.97) 28.4 (2.86) 14.9 (1.52) 24.4 (1.36)
2009 29.5 (0.21) 32.9 (0.26) 19.4 (0.45) 13.2 (0.34) 51.6 (0.91) 52.8 (0.95) 28.3 (2.68) 17.5 (2.08) 25.5 (1.34)
2010 29.9 (0.19) 33.2 (0.24) 20.0 (0.51) 13.9 (0.31) 51.6 (1.04) 52.8 (1.09) 25.6 (2.89) 16.0 (1.77) 25.3 (1.30)
                                     
2011 30.4 (0.19) 34.0 (0.24) 20.2 (0.50) 14.1 (0.34) 49.5 (0.92) 50.8 (0.96) 22.1 (2.73) 16.1 (1.73) 27.4 (1.27)
2012 30.9 (0.21) 34.5 (0.27) 21.4 (0.53) 14.5 (0.35) 50.7 (0.92) 51.9 (0.94) 24.5 (2.75) 16.7 (1.82) 27.1 (1.34)
                                     
Males                                    
High school completion or higher2                                    
1940 22.7 (—) 24.2 (—) 6.9 (—) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1950 32.6 (—) 34.6 (—) 12.6 (—) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1960 39.5 (—) 41.6 (—) 20.0 (—) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1970 55.0 (—) 57.2 (—) 35.4 (—) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1980 69.2 (0.29) 72.4 (0.31) 51.2 (1.21) 44.9 (1.71) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1990 77.7 (0.24) 81.6 (0.25) 65.8 (1.01) 50.3 (1.25) 86.0 (1.49) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1995 81.7 (0.22) 86.0 (0.22) 73.5 (0.91) 52.9 (1.11) 85.8 (1.46) (†) (†) (†) (†)
                                     
1996 81.9 (0.23) 86.1 (0.23) 74.6 (0.80) 53.0 (0.97) 86.2 (1.10) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1997 82.0 (0.21) 86.3 (0.21) 73.8 (0.79) 54.9 (0.76) 87.5 (1.00) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1998 82.8 (0.20) 87.1 (0.21) 75.4 (0.77) 55.7 (0.74) 87.9 (0.98) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1999 83.4 (0.20) 87.7 (0.20) 77.2 (0.74) 56.0 (0.75) 86.9 (1.00) (†) (†) (†) (†)
2000 84.2 (0.19) 88.5 (0.20) 79.1 (0.72) 56.6 (0.73) 88.4 (0.94) (†) (†) (†) (†)
                                     
2001 84.4 (0.19) 88.6 (0.19) 80.6 (0.69) 55.6 (0.72) 90.6 (0.78) (†) (†) (†) (†)
2002 83.8 (0.14) 88.5 (0.14) 79.0 (0.51) 56.1 (0.48) 89.8 (0.58) (†) (†) (†) (†)
2003 84.1 (0.13) 89.0 (0.14) 79.9 (0.50) 56.3 (0.46) 89.8 (0.58) 89.8 (0.59) 89.8 (2.61) 76.5 (2.33) 87.2 (1.36)
2004 84.8 (0.13) 89.9 (0.13) 80.8 (0.49) 57.3 (0.45) 88.8 (0.59) 88.8 (0.60) 88.9 (2.65) 77.1 (2.31) 87.8 (1.29)
2005 84.9 (0.19) 89.9 (0.20) 81.4 (0.60) 57.9 (0.69) 90.4 (0.65) 90.5 (0.66) 88.5 (3.62) 75.6 (2.57) 89.0 (1.19)
                                     
2006 85.0 (0.20) 90.2 (0.21) 80.7 (0.63) 58.5 (0.77) 89.5 (0.84) 89.7 (0.86) 85.8 (3.10) 78.1 (2.77) 88.0 (1.36)
2007 85.0 (0.21) 90.2 (0.22) 82.5 (0.55) 58.2 (0.80) 90.0 (0.81) 90.1 (0.82) 88.1 (2.75) 78.3 (3.58) 89.4 (1.28)
2008 85.9 (0.19) 91.1 (0.20) 82.1 (0.61) 60.9 (0.72) 91.0 (0.66) 90.8 (0.69) 95.8 (1.40) 77.3 (3.37) 89.6 (1.21)
2009 86.2 (0.19) 91.4 (0.20) 84.2 (0.60) 60.6 (0.72) 90.8 (0.66) 90.7 (0.68) 92.1 (2.18) 80.0 (2.33) 87.3 (1.26)
2010 86.6 (0.17) 91.8 (0.19) 84.2 (0.57) 61.4 (0.68) 91.4 (0.78) 91.5 (0.79) 89.3 (2.84) 78.9 (2.46) 88.1 (1.36)
                                     
2011 87.1 (0.18) 92.0 (0.17) 84.2 (0.55) 63.6 (0.71) 90.6 (0.68) 90.6 (0.69) 91.5 (2.22) 80.6 (2.35) 88.1 (1.40)
2012 87.3 (0.19) 92.2 (0.18) 85.1 (0.56) 64.0 (0.73) 90.6 (0.68) 90.5 (0.70) 93.3 (1.84) 81.8 (2.39) 90.2 (1.45)
                                     
Bachelor's or higher degree4                                    
1940 5.5 (—) 5.9 (—) 1.4 (—) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1950 7.3 (—) 7.9 (—) 2.1 (—) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1960 9.7 (—) 10.3 (—) 3.5 (—) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1970 14.1 (—) 15.0 (—) 6.8 (—) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1980 20.9 (0.26) 22.7 (0.29) 7.7 (0.65) 9.2 (0.99) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1990 24.4 (0.25) 26.7 (0.28) 11.9 (0.69) 9.8 (0.74) 45.9 (2.14) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1995 26.0 (0.25) 28.9 (0.29) 13.7 (0.71) 10.1 (0.67) 42.3 (2.06) (†) (†) (†) (†)
                                     
1996 26.0 (0.26) 28.8 (0.30) 12.5 (0.61) 10.3 (0.59) 46.9 (1.59) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1997 26.2 (0.24) 29.0 (0.28) 12.5 (0.60) 10.6 (0.47) 48.0 (1.51) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1998 26.5 (0.24) 29.3 (0.28) 14.0 (0.62) 11.1 (0.47) 46.0 (1.50) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1999 27.5 (0.24) 30.6 (0.28) 14.3 (0.62) 10.7 (0.46) 46.3 (1.48) (†) (†) (†) (†)
2000 27.8 (0.24) 30.8 (0.28) 16.4 (0.65) 10.7 (0.45) 48.1 (1.47) (†) (†) (†) (†)
                                     
2001 28.0 (0.24) 30.9 (0.28) 15.9 (0.64) 11.1 (0.45) 52.9 (1.33) (†) (†) (†) (†)
2002 28.5 (0.17) 31.7 (0.20) 16.5 (0.47) 11.0 (0.30) 51.5 (0.96) (†) (†) (†) (†)
2003 28.9 (0.17) 32.3 (0.20) 16.8 (0.47) 11.2 (0.29) 52.8 (0.96) 54.2 (0.98) 25.7 (3.76) 13.1 (1.85) 21.9 (1.69)
2004 29.4 (0.17) 32.9 (0.20) 16.6 (0.46) 11.8 (0.30) 52.9 (0.93) 54.0 (0.95) 31.9 (3.94) 15.6 (1.99) 20.7 (1.60)
2005 28.9 (0.29) 32.4 (0.37) 16.0 (0.64) 11.8 (0.43) 53.0 (1.10) 54.3 (1.13) 25.1 (4.70) 17.0 (2.30) 23.1 (1.67)
                                     
2006 29.2 (0.24) 32.8 (0.31) 17.5 (0.63) 11.9 (0.40) 51.9 (1.33) 53.1 (1.35) 26.6 (4.67) 13.7 (2.07) 22.6 (1.75)
2007 29.5 (0.25) 33.2 (0.33) 18.1 (0.62) 11.8 (0.37) 54.2 (1.31) 55.8 (1.32) 19.2 (4.14) 12.7 (1.89) 21.5 (1.81)
2008 30.1 (0.25) 33.8 (0.33) 18.7 (0.67) 12.6 (0.39) 54.9 (1.24) 56.1 (1.24) 27.5 (3.64) 14.6 (2.15) 22.7 (1.62)
2009 30.1 (0.28) 33.9 (0.36) 17.9 (0.57) 12.5 (0.41) 54.8 (1.14) 56.5 (1.17) 23.0 (3.35) 16.1 (2.96) 24.4 (1.92)
2010 30.3 (0.23) 34.2 (0.30) 17.9 (0.59) 12.9 (0.37) 54.6 (1.26) 56.2 (1.30) 18.0 (3.74) 13.5 (2.61) 24.8 (1.86)
                                     
2011 30.8 (0.23) 35.0 (0.29) 18.4 (0.64) 13.1 (0.44) 52.4 (1.15) 54.0 (1.21) 19.1 (3.55) 14.1 (1.98) 25.7 (1.91)
2012 31.4 (0.27) 35.5 (0.33) 19.5 (0.62) 13.3 (0.45) 53.1 (1.26) 54.4 (1.29) 24.1 (3.34) 16.1 (2.27) 25.2 (1.85)
                                     
Females                                    
High school completion or higher2                                    
1940 26.3 (—) 28.1 (—) 8.4 (—) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1950 36.0 (—) 38.2 (—) 14.7 (—) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1960 42.5 (—) 44.7 (—) 23.1 (—) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1970 55.4 (—) 57.7 (—) 36.6 (—) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1980 68.1 (0.28) 71.5 (0.30) 51.5 (1.08) 44.2 (1.63) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1990 77.5 (0.23) 81.3 (0.24) 66.5 (0.90) 51.3 (1.23) 82.5 (1.57) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1995 81.6 (0.21) 85.8 (0.22) 74.1 (0.81) 53.8 (1.09) 81.9 (1.54) (†) (†) (†) (†)
                                     
1996 81.6 (0.22) 85.9 (0.22) 74.6 (0.71) 53.3 (0.97) 81.0 (1.21) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1997 82.2 (0.20) 86.3 (0.20) 76.5 (0.68) 54.6 (0.76) 82.9 (1.11) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1998 82.9 (0.19) 87.1 (0.20) 77.1 (0.67) 55.3 (0.75) 82.3 (1.09) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1999 83.3 (0.19) 87.6 (0.19) 77.5 (0.66) 56.3 (0.73) 82.8 (1.06) (†) (†) (†) (†)
2000 84.0 (0.19) 88.4 (0.19) 78.7 (0.64) 57.5 (0.71) 83.4 (1.03) (†) (†) (†) (†)
                                     
2001 84.2 (0.18) 88.8 (0.19) 78.6 (0.64) 57.4 (0.70) 85.2 (0.91) (†) (†) (†) (†)
2002 84.4 (0.13) 88.9 (0.13) 79.4 (0.45) 57.9 (0.48) 85.7 (0.64) (†) (†) (†) (†)
2003 85.0 (0.13) 89.7 (0.13) 80.7 (0.44) 57.8 (0.46) 86.1 (0.62) 86.1 (0.64) 86.9 (2.63) 77.9 (2.30) 85.1 (1.38)
2004 85.4 (0.12) 90.1 (0.12) 81.2 (0.43) 59.5 (0.46) 85.3 (0.63) 85.1 (0.64) 88.1 (2.76) 78.6 (2.24) 86.5 (1.29)
2005 85.5 (0.15) 90.3 (0.18) 81.5 (0.53) 59.1 (0.63) 85.4 (0.76) 85.2 (0.78) 91.7 (2.46) 75.6 (2.29) 88.1 (1.12)
                                     
2006 85.9 (0.16) 90.8 (0.17) 81.5 (0.51) 60.1 (0.59) 85.6 (0.82) 85.6 (0.81) 85.7 (3.08) 78.9 (2.18) 88.2 (1.11)
2007 86.4 (0.15) 91.0 (0.16) 83.0 (0.49) 62.5 (0.56) 86.1 (0.93) 86.0 (0.97) 89.1 (2.40) 81.9 (1.91) 89.2 (1.22)
2008 87.2 (0.17) 91.8 (0.18) 84.2 (0.49) 63.7 (0.61) 87.2 (0.75) 87.0 (0.78) 93.0 (1.57) 79.2 (2.95) 89.5 (1.53)
2009 87.1 (0.16) 91.9 (0.17) 84.2 (0.48) 63.3 (0.59) 86.4 (0.73) 86.3 (0.75) 89.7 (2.33) 82.7 (1.96) 87.6 (1.16)
2010 87.6 (0.15) 92.3 (0.17) 85.0 (0.46) 64.4 (0.59) 87.2 (0.72) 87.1 (0.75) 90.9 (2.41) 82.5 (1.95) 89.7 (1.13)
                                     
2011 88.0 (0.15) 92.8 (0.16) 85.3 (0.50) 65.1 (0.57) 87.1 (0.64) 87.0 (0.66) 89.5 (2.25) 83.8 (2.00) 90.7 (1.22)
2012 88.0 (0.17) 92.7 (0.18) 86.1 (0.46) 66.0 (0.65) 87.9 (0.64) 87.8 (0.66) 90.1 (2.11) 81.8 (1.84) 91.6 (1.13)
                                     
Bachelor's or higher degree4                                    
1940 3.8 (—) 4.0 (—) 1.2 (—) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1950 5.2 (—) 5.4 (—) 2.4 (—) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1960 5.8 (—) 6.0 (—) 3.6 (—) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1970 8.2 (—) 8.6 (—) 5.6 (—) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1980 13.6 (0.20) 14.4 (0.23) 8.1 (0.59) 6.2 (0.79) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1990 18.4 (0.21) 19.8 (0.25) 10.8 (0.59) 8.7 (0.69) 37.8 (2.01) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1995 20.2 (0.22) 22.1 (0.26) 13.0 (0.62) 8.4 (0.61) 35.0 (1.90) (†) (†) (†) (†)
                                     
1996 21.4 (0.23) 23.2 (0.27) 14.8 (0.58) 8.3 (0.53) 38.0 (1.50) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1997 21.7 (0.21) 23.7 (0.25) 14.0 (0.56) 10.1 (0.46) 37.4 (1.43) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1998 22.4 (0.21) 24.1 (0.25) 15.4 (0.58) 10.9 (0.47) 38.9 (1.39) (†) (†) (†) (†)
1999 23.1 (0.22) 25.0 (0.26) 16.5 (0.59) 11.0 (0.46) 39.0 (1.37) (†) (†) (†) (†)
2000 23.6 (0.22) 25.5 (0.26) 16.8 (0.59) 10.6 (0.44) 41.0 (1.37) (†) (†) (†) (†)
                                     
2001 24.3 (0.22) 26.5 (0.26) 16.3 (0.58) 11.3 (0.45) 43.4 (1.26) (†) (†) (†) (†)
2002 25.1 (0.15) 27.3 (0.19) 17.7 (0.42) 11.2 (0.31) 44.2 (0.91) (†) (†) (†) (†)
2003 25.7 (0.15) 27.9 (0.19) 18.0 (0.43) 11.6 (0.30) 45.3 (0.89) 46.3 (0.92) 28.0 (3.50) 12.2 (1.81) 22.2 (1.61)
2004 26.1 (0.15) 28.4 (0.19) 18.5 (0.43) 12.3 (0.31) 45.2 (0.88) 45.7 (0.90) 32.9 (4.01) 13.1 (1.84) 22.7 (1.59)
2005 26.5 (0.23) 28.9 (0.30) 18.9 (0.51) 12.1 (0.42) 46.0 (1.08) 46.8 (1.10) 24.1 (4.08) 12.2 (2.00) 23.3 (1.43)
                                     
2006 26.9 (0.22) 29.3 (0.28) 19.5 (0.55) 12.9 (0.39) 46.6 (1.11) 47.3 (1.15) 27.2 (4.03) 12.3 (1.81) 23.6 (1.70)
2007 28.0 (0.23) 30.6 (0.29) 19.2 (0.59) 13.7 (0.44) 48.6 (1.07) 49.5 (1.10) 27.9 (4.16) 13.4 (1.53) 25.8 (1.58)
2008 28.8 (0.24) 31.5 (0.29) 20.5 (0.58) 14.1 (0.37) 49.3 (0.99) 50.1 (1.02) 29.3 (3.82) 15.1 (1.75) 26.1 (1.92)
2009 29.1 (0.21) 31.9 (0.26) 20.6 (0.56) 14.0 (0.41) 48.8 (0.98) 49.7 (1.02) 32.9 (3.74) 18.8 (1.91) 26.6 (1.67)
2010 29.6 (0.21) 32.4 (0.26) 21.6 (0.63) 14.9 (0.42) 49.1 (1.12) 49.9 (1.19) 32.2 (4.11) 18.2 (1.83) 25.7 (1.59)
                                     
2011 30.1 (0.22) 33.1 (0.28) 21.7 (0.60) 15.2 (0.43) 47.0 (1.04) 48.0 (1.07) 24.7 (3.52) 17.9 (2.17) 28.9 (1.70)
2012 30.6 (0.23) 33.5 (0.30) 22.9 (0.61) 15.8 (0.45) 48.6 (0.93) 49.7 (0.94) 24.9 (3.70) 17.2 (2.13) 28.8 (1.88)
—Not available.
†Not applicable.
1 Includes persons of Hispanic ethnicity for years prior to 1980.
2 Data for years prior to 1993 are for persons with 4 or more years of high school. Data for later years are for high school completers--i.e., those persons who graduated from high school with a diploma as well as those who completed high school through equivalency programs, such as a GED program.
3 Estimates based on Census Bureau reverse projection of 1940 census data on education by age.
4 Data for years prior to 1993 are for persons with 4 or more years of college.
NOTE: Beginning in 2005, standard errors were computed using replicate weights, which produced more precise values than the methodology used in prior years. For 1960 and prior years, data were collected in April. For all other years, data were collected in March. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity except where otherwise noted.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, U.S. Census of Population: 1960, Vol. I, Part 1; J.K. Folger and C.B. Nam, Education of the American Population (1960 Census Monograph); Current Population Reports, Series P-20, various years; and Current Population Survey (CPS), March 1970 through March 2012. (This table was prepared October 2012.)
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