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Table 15. Percentage of persons age 25 and over with high school completion or higher and a bachelor's or higher degree, by race/ethnicity and state: 2008-10
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
State Percent with high school completion or higher Percent with bachelor's or higher degree
Total White Black Hispanic Asian Native Hawaiian/
Pacific Islander
American Indian/
Alaska Native
Two or more races Total White Black Hispanic Asian Native Hawaiian/
Pacific Islander
American Indian/
Alaska Native
Two or more races
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
United States 85.3 (0.03) 90.4 (0.02) 81.6 (0.06) 61.7 (0.11) 85.7 (0.09) 86.9 (0.59) 80.1 (0.23) 88.3 (0.16) 28.0 (0.04) 31.1 (0.04) 17.8   (0.06) 13.1   (0.06) 50.4   (0.14) 14.8   (0.51) 13.9   (0.20) 27.4   (0.25)
Alabama 82.0 (0.17) 84.5 (0.18) 77.6 (0.35) 54.6 (1.68) 86.9 (1.23) (†) 77.2 (2.03) 82.0 (1.40) 22.0 (0.16) 24.6 (0.22) 14.5   (0.27) 10.9   (0.81) 49.9   (2.02)   (†) 13.9   (1.51) 20.0   (1.40)
Alaska 91.5 (0.34) 94.9 (0.32) 92.5 (1.53) 77.9 (3.30) 84.0 (1.85) 87.6 (5.18) 81.4 (1.27) 88.8 (1.53) 27.6 (0.52) 33.2 (0.71) 17.0   (2.47) 17.3   (2.15) 23.6   (2.03) 6.6 ! (3.01) 6.2   (0.66) 21.8   (2.57)
Arizona 85.0 (0.13) 93.0 (0.09) 88.1 (0.76) 62.6 (0.43) 89.0 (0.75) 92.2 (1.95) 71.9 (0.81) 90.2 (0.96) 26.1 (0.16) 31.5 (0.18) 23.3   (0.79) 10.4   (0.28) 52.0   (1.25) 14.1   (3.36) 7.2   (0.44) 25.2   (1.59)
Arkansas 82.5 (0.20) 85.2 (0.20) 77.7 (0.60) 49.4 (1.69) 80.0 (2.33) 63.5 (9.24) 85.9 (1.99) 81.3 (1.36) 19.1 (0.22) 20.5 (0.26) 12.5   (0.45) 9.1   (0.91) 38.9   (2.68)   (†) 18.0   (2.38) 14.9   (1.70)
California 80.7 (0.05) 93.4 (0.06) 87.5 (0.20) 57.2 (0.14) 85.7 (0.15) 85.3 (1.01) 82.6 (0.90) 90.5 (0.34) 30.0 (0.07) 38.8 (0.10) 21.3   (0.26) 10.3   (0.08) 48.2   (0.22) 15.1   (1.09) 16.7   (0.83) 32.9   (0.58)
                                                                             
Colorado 89.5 (0.12) 95.2 (0.09) 87.3 (0.70) 64.2 (0.51) 85.6 (0.89) 87.4 (4.30) 85.5 (1.95) 91.6 (0.86) 36.2 (0.17) 42.0 (0.21) 20.6   (0.82) 12.2   (0.36) 45.1   (1.39) 15.0   (3.55) 18.3   (1.49) 31.8   (1.47)
Connecticut 88.5 (0.15) 92.3 (0.13) 81.2 (0.50) 67.1 (0.84) 87.6 (0.99) (†) 83.8 (3.44) 90.2 (1.28) 35.6 (0.21) 39.3 (0.24) 17.6   (0.73) 14.0   (0.47) 61.3   (1.40)   (†) 20.5   (4.17) 35.2   (2.30)
Delaware 87.2 (0.29) 90.3 (0.31) 83.7 (0.79) 59.6 (2.28) 90.2 (1.74) (†) 82.3 (5.58) 88.0 (2.81) 27.5 (0.40) 29.4 (0.50) 17.6   (0.90) 14.5   (1.85) 68.0   (2.61)   (†) 14.2 ! (6.00) 28.9   (3.70)
District of Columbia 87.0 (0.44) 99.1 (0.19) 81.6 (0.72) 61.2 (2.52) 92.8 (1.37) (†) (†) 96.4 (1.48) 49.8 (0.45) 87.5 (0.48) 21.8   (0.71) 35.4   (2.18) 78.5   (2.56)   (†)   (†) 60.7   (4.30)
Florida 85.4 (0.08) 90.5 (0.08) 78.0 (0.24) 74.1 (0.22) 85.1 (0.49) 88.7 (2.57) 84.4 (1.50) 86.3 (0.91) 25.8 (0.08) 28.6 (0.10) 16.0   (0.19) 20.8   (0.17) 45.5   (0.77) 22.2   (4.44) 20.4   (1.45) 26.4   (0.85)
                                                                             
Georgia 84.1 (0.11) 87.9 (0.12) 82.3 (0.20) 56.5 (0.66) 86.3 (0.51) 95.3 (2.49) 83.0 (2.22) 88.4 (1.27) 27.4 (0.13) 31.3 (0.15) 19.5   (0.22) 13.6   (0.47) 51.2   (0.88) 8.8 ! (3.22) 22.0   (2.85) 30.6   (1.62)
Hawaii 90.2 (0.24) 95.8 (0.31) 95.5 (1.69) 86.7 (1.09) 87.1 (0.42) 86.5 (0.98) 93.3 (3.79) 92.8 (0.56) 29.3 (0.38) 41.3 (0.72) 30.5   (3.32) 18.9   (1.20) 30.4   (0.53) 11.5   (0.91) 21.7 ! (6.63) 19.1   (0.71)
Idaho 88.4 (0.22) 91.7 (0.20) 83.7 (4.82) 53.2 (1.45) 87.2 (1.91) (†) 82.9 (2.31) 87.3 (1.86) 24.4 (0.29) 25.8 (0.33) 16.7   (4.17) 7.1   (0.74) 46.1   (2.76)   (†) 10.3   (1.96) 20.7   (2.13)
Illinois 86.5 (0.09) 91.9 (0.08) 81.9 (0.29) 59.8 (0.45) 91.1 (0.37) (†) 90.5 (1.98) 90.6 (0.82) 30.5 (0.12) 33.8 (0.14) 18.8   (0.26) 12.4   (0.27) 63.0   (0.70)   (†) 21.8   (2.48) 37.2   (1.40)
Indiana 86.6 (0.11) 88.2 (0.11) 83.1 (0.58) 62.1 (0.83) 86.3 (1.05) (†) 84.2 (2.26) 85.3 (1.03) 22.8 (0.15) 23.5 (0.16) 14.7   (0.41) 11.7   (0.59) 58.1   (1.58)   (†) 18.4   (2.55) 22.5   (1.72)
                                                                             
Iowa 90.4 (0.14) 92.0 (0.14) 81.2 (1.51) 55.0 (1.86) 83.6 (1.83) (†) 85.1 (3.24) 89.4 (1.91) 25.0 (0.24) 25.4 (0.24) 15.9   (1.48) 9.3   (0.96) 51.0   (2.48)   (†) 16.9   (4.30) 17.7   (2.55)
Kansas 89.5 (0.18) 92.6 (0.15) 87.0 (0.70) 58.6 (1.32) 85.6 (1.30) (†) 88.3 (2.03) 87.6 (1.54) 29.8 (0.22) 31.8 (0.24) 17.5   (0.99) 11.8   (0.59) 49.5   (2.14)   (†) 18.7   (2.55) 21.9   (2.13)
Kentucky 81.7 (0.18) 82.0 (0.19) 82.7 (0.58) 63.5 (1.85) 86.2 (1.68) (†) 79.3 (3.05) 82.7 (1.95) 20.5 (0.16) 20.7 (0.18) 14.0   (0.49) 12.9   (1.22) 57.1   (2.59)   (†) 14.5   (3.21) 21.0   (1.79)
Louisiana 81.8 (0.18) 85.6 (0.19) 75.0 (0.31) 71.6 (1.16) 75.7 (1.57) (†) 71.0 (2.45) 82.4 (1.51) 21.1 (0.18) 24.5 (0.20) 13.1   (0.33) 18.4   (0.86) 40.7   (1.75)   (†) 11.7   (1.55) 22.6   (1.62)
Maine 90.1 (0.23) 90.4 (0.23) 81.5 (3.52) 87.7 (3.31) 82.9 (3.59) (†) 79.7 (4.17) 80.9 (3.41) 26.2 (0.43) 26.4 (0.43) 14.3   (3.04) 22.7   (3.12) 38.6   (4.45)   (†) 15.5   (3.67) 15.1   (2.70)
                                                                             
Maryland 87.9 (0.13) 91.5 (0.14) 86.5 (0.24) 59.9 (0.85) 89.5 (0.42) (†) 85.9 (2.44) 91.4 (0.90) 35.6 (0.16) 40.1 (0.19) 24.7   (0.34) 19.4   (0.66) 61.4   (0.81)   (†) 24.0   (2.58) 34.7   (1.69)
Massachusetts 89.0 (0.11) 91.9 (0.09) 83.2 (0.58) 65.8 (0.69) 83.1 (0.59) (†) 80.5 (3.57) 86.1 (1.05) 38.6 (0.18) 40.6 (0.18) 23.5   (0.65) 16.6   (0.49) 56.6   (0.81)   (†) 25.1   (4.08) 33.8   (1.67)
Michigan 88.6 (0.08) 90.4 (0.08) 82.5 (0.36) 67.5 (0.82) 88.6 (0.67) 90.9 (5.83) 84.1 (1.24) 85.9 (0.88) 25.2 (0.11) 26.2 (0.11) 15.5   (0.29) 15.5   (0.67) 61.5   (1.02) 26.1 ! (8.60) 11.5   (1.02) 22.6   (1.08)
Minnesota 91.4 (0.11) 93.7 (0.09) 78.9 (1.07) 59.1 (1.70) 80.9 (1.07) (†) 79.8 (2.01) 88.7 (1.42) 31.8 (0.17) 32.7 (0.18) 20.3   (0.95) 14.6   (1.01) 45.0   (1.19)   (†) 11.1   (1.34) 26.3   (1.82)
Mississippi 80.7 (0.19) 85.4 (0.22) 73.1 (0.39) 58.9 (2.30) 77.4 (2.42) (†) 78.3 (2.88) 81.1 (2.72) 19.8 (0.19) 23.5 (0.27) 13.0   (0.30) 13.4   (1.36) 39.2   (2.65)   (†) 9.0   (2.16) 19.3   (2.99)
                                                                             
Missouri 86.8 (0.12) 88.1 (0.12) 81.4 (0.48) 66.8 (1.30) 87.7 (1.01) 78.2 (6.29) 85.7 (2.07) 83.3 (1.32) 25.4 (0.15) 26.2 (0.16) 16.1   (0.41) 17.8   (0.88) 57.4   (1.61) 13.2 ! (5.83) 19.5   (2.47) 21.3   (1.36)
Montana 91.7 (0.28) 92.7 (0.27) (†) 83.3 (2.48) 80.5 (4.64) (†) 77.5 (1.95) 91.6 (2.24) 28.5 (0.36) 29.6 (0.41)   (†) 16.8   (2.49) 40.7   (6.83)   (†) 13.3   (1.45) 20.6   (2.83)
Nebraska 90.1 (0.19) 93.3 (0.18) 82.4 (1.76) 52.4 (1.61) 85.4 (2.19) (†) 85.6 (2.84) 87.4 (2.39) 27.6 (0.31) 29.1 (0.33) 15.5   (1.51) 8.2   (0.81) 51.0   (3.16)   (†) 13.0   (2.57) 27.8   (3.52)
Nevada 84.1 (0.15) 91.7 (0.19) 87.4 (0.69) 57.4 (0.65) 89.9 (0.58) 91.1 (1.96) 85.3 (1.72) 90.2 (1.17) 21.8 (0.19) 25.0 (0.26) 16.9   (0.89) 8.2   (0.32) 39.1   (1.21) 11.3   (2.19) 10.4   (1.47) 21.5   (1.78)
New Hampshire 91.3 (0.21) 91.7 (0.23) 87.8 (3.09) 76.3 (2.85) 86.3 (2.04) (†) 78.7 (6.50) 90.1 (2.27) 33.0 (0.40) 32.8 (0.42) 24.1   (3.59) 25.9   (2.44) 55.9   (3.10)   (†) 18.5 ! (5.86) 31.7   (3.60)
                                                                             
New Jersey 87.7 (0.08) 92.0 (0.08) 84.4 (0.30) 69.7 (0.39) 92.3 (0.26) (†) 82.8 (2.51) 90.0 (0.95) 35.0 (0.15) 38.0 (0.19) 20.3   (0.34) 15.9   (0.30) 67.5   (0.51)   (†) 16.4   (2.72) 37.5   (1.52)
New Mexico 83.1 (0.25) 93.8 (0.24) 89.0 (1.54) 71.0 (0.51) 87.5 (1.80) (†) 75.9 (0.89) 95.2 (1.15) 25.2 (0.28) 37.1 (0.41) 24.5   (1.79) 12.8   (0.37) 50.2   (2.81)   (†) 9.8   (0.62) 33.3   (2.84)
New York 84.5 (0.09) 91.2 (0.08) 80.7 (0.20) 64.0 (0.35) 78.0 (0.31) 85.6 (4.83) 83.4 (1.29) 85.6 (0.83) 32.3 (0.09) 37.4 (0.12) 20.5   (0.24) 15.7   (0.24) 45.8   (0.42) 38.9   (8.55) 18.1   (1.45) 34.4   (1.05)
North Carolina 84.1 (0.11) 88.1 (0.12) 79.9 (0.25) 53.9 (0.70) 84.7 (0.80) 95.7 (2.43) 66.8 (1.47) 88.0 (0.97) 26.4 (0.12) 29.8 (0.15) 16.8   (0.23) 12.3   (0.40) 52.3   (1.05) 12.0 ! (5.68) 11.7   (1.02) 24.6   (1.24)
North Dakota 90.1 (0.35) 90.7 (0.36) 83.2 (6.33) 81.7 (3.53) 72.4 (6.77) (†) 84.2 (2.17) 91.2 (2.94) 27.0 (0.53) 27.4 (0.57) 28.7   (7.44) 17.8   (3.98) 35.8   (8.67)   (†) 18.6   (2.17) 35.3   (6.76)
                                                                             
Ohio 87.7 (0.07) 89.0 (0.08) 81.4 (0.29) 70.2 (0.91) 90.1 (0.70) 74.3 (9.55) 80.4 (2.31) 86.2 (0.65) 24.4 (0.10) 25.1 (0.12) 14.8   (0.31) 16.4   (0.66) 62.7   (0.99) 16.6 ! (5.95) 21.8   (2.56) 23.8   (1.12)
Oklahoma 85.8 (0.16) 88.4 (0.15) 86.1 (0.73) 56.1 (1.02) 81.8 (1.72) 83.7 (6.88) 84.1 (0.63) 86.0 (0.63) 22.5 (0.20) 24.2 (0.23) 17.7   (0.75) 9.8   (0.62) 42.2   (2.46) 8.9 ! (3.97) 16.0   (0.60) 19.1   (0.81)
Oregon 88.8 (0.14) 92.3 (0.14) 86.7 (1.22) 55.3 (0.90) 85.6 (0.81) 84.5 (3.62) 86.2 (1.38) 88.6 (1.03) 28.7 (0.20) 30.1 (0.21) 24.6   (1.67) 10.8   (0.49) 45.6   (1.17) 20.2   (4.51) 13.2   (1.30) 22.8   (1.26)
Pennsylvania 88.0 (0.07) 89.7 (0.07) 82.6 (0.34) 67.2 (0.67) 82.5 (0.67) 81.2 (6.61) 83.6 (2.37) 87.7 (0.96) 26.6 (0.11) 27.6 (0.12) 14.7   (0.33) 14.0   (0.50) 53.8   (0.75) 21.1 ! (6.57) 21.5   (3.03) 24.9   (1.51)
Rhode Island 84.0 (0.26) 87.5 (0.28) 75.6 (1.92) 58.7 (1.55) 79.6 (2.16) (†) 70.6 (7.97) 83.9 (2.39) 30.3 (0.38) 32.9 (0.41) 18.1   (1.70) 11.7   (0.84) 43.1   (2.84)   (†)   (†) 25.3   (3.52)
                                                                             
South Carolina 83.7 (0.15) 87.7 (0.17) 76.9 (0.33) 58.2 (1.13) 86.0 (1.14) (†) 72.5 (2.86) 84.5 (1.58) 24.3 (0.13) 28.6 (0.16) 13.5   (0.35) 11.4   (0.63) 49.8   (1.87)   (†) 10.0   (1.80) 23.3   (1.83)
South Dakota 89.9 (0.34) 91.3 (0.33) 83.6 (7.80) 80.1 (2.87) 86.7 (5.08) (†) 75.9 (1.90) 86.8 (2.78) 26.0 (0.43) 27.3 (0.49) 21.3   (4.98) 21.0   (3.81) 46.3   (5.62)   (†) 10.3   (1.24) 19.0   (4.09)
Tennessee 83.2 (0.14) 84.7 (0.15) 80.5 (0.39) 57.1 (1.14) 87.1 (1.13) (†) 78.6 (2.86) 79.7 (1.36) 22.8 (0.16) 24.1 (0.17) 16.0   (0.34) 12.1   (0.61) 49.4   (1.63)   (†) 17.0   (2.78) 19.8   (1.65)
Texas 80.3 (0.08) 91.7 (0.06) 85.4 (0.21) 58.6 (0.21) 86.5 (0.30) 93.1 (1.67) 86.8 (0.93) 89.8 (0.52) 25.8 (0.08) 33.7 (0.10) 19.2   (0.24) 11.4   (0.11) 54.0   (0.45) 13.8   (2.60) 22.8   (1.13) 30.1   (0.86)
Utah 90.5 (0.18) 94.2 (0.15) 84.4 (3.10) 63.4 (1.05) 87.1 (1.35) 87.7 (2.45) 79.6 (2.00) 90.7 (2.03) 29.1 (0.26) 31.3 (0.28) 26.6   (3.53) 10.9   (0.57) 44.2   (2.12) 11.2   (2.08) 12.1   (1.98) 27.7   (2.83)
                                                                             
Vermont 91.1 (0.32) 91.1 (0.32) 92.1 (3.45) 93.3 (2.09) 87.0 (3.56) (†) 68.5 (10.91) 89.4 (2.55) 33.7 (0.56) 33.8 (0.57) 37.9   (8.78) 29.6   (4.87) 38.9   (6.25)   (†)   (†) 23.3   (5.01)
Virginia 86.2 (0.11) 89.4 (0.12) 80.0 (0.34) 66.8 (0.84) 88.7 (0.50) 90.2 (4.51) 81.5 (2.14) 90.7 (0.91) 33.9 (0.16) 37.1 (0.17) 18.9   (0.26) 22.5   (0.64) 56.3   (0.78) 26.1   (6.26) 19.4   (2.26) 39.3   (1.58)
Washington 89.7 (0.12) 93.3 (0.11) 87.7 (0.68) 59.1 (0.86) 85.3 (0.52) 85.8 (2.29) 83.2 (0.99) 91.8 (0.58) 31.0 (0.14) 32.3 (0.18) 20.7   (0.73) 12.3   (0.38) 46.0   (0.64) 11.0   (1.61) 14.2   (0.97) 26.2   (0.88)
West Virginia 82.5 (0.25) 82.5 (0.26) 85.2 (1.29) 79.8 (2.88) 85.4 (3.13) (†) 83.8 (4.11) 76.4 (2.14) 17.1 (0.21) 17.0 (0.22) 12.4   (1.25) 20.6   (2.46) 65.5   (3.40)   (†) 7.9 ! (2.88) 13.6   (1.77)
Wisconsin 89.9 (0.12) 92.1 (0.11) 79.8 (0.71) 59.6 (1.25) 81.7 (1.25) (†) 85.6 (1.40) 86.1 (1.62) 25.8 (0.19) 26.9 (0.20) 13.6   (0.92) 11.5   (0.64) 46.0   (1.73)   (†) 13.2   (1.32) 22.1   (2.15)
Wyoming 92.2 (0.32) 93.3 (0.31) 89.9 (4.95) 78.1 (1.78) 94.3 (3.45) (†) 82.4 (3.73) 94.5 (2.14) 23.7 (0.51) 24.9 (0.53) 22.4 ! (7.12) 9.9   (1.41) 39.2   (8.32)   (†) 12.0 ! (3.82) 18.1   (3.55)
†Not applicable.
!Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is between 30 and 50 percent.
‡Reporting standards not met. Either there are too few cases for a reliable estimate or the coefficient of variation (CV) is 50 percent or greater.
NOTE: Estimates are 3-year averages of 2008–10 data. Use of a 3-year average increases the sample size, thereby reducing the size of sampling errors and producing more stable estimates. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, 2008-2010 American Community Survey (ACS) 3-Year Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) data. (This table was prepared August 2012.)
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