Digest of Education Statistics
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Table 11. Educational attainment of persons 18 years old and over, by state: Selected years, 1994 to 2004

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                      |    Percent of population, 25 years    |       Percent of       |   Percent of 18- to
                      |old and over, by education level, 2000 |  population, 25 years  |    24-year-olds who
                      |_______________________________________|    old and over, by    |    were high school
State                 |Percent|Percent|Percent with bachelor's|  education level, 2004 |      completers\1\
                      |   less|   high|   or higher degree    |________________________|______________________
                      |   than| school|_______________________|     Percent|    Percent|           |
                      |   high|comple-|Total|Bache-|  Graduate|   with high|       with|           |
                      | school|tion or|     | lor's|   or pro-|      school| bachelor's|    1994-96| 1999-2001
                      |comple-| higher|     |degree| fessional|  completion|  or higher|           |
                      |   tion|       |     |      |    degree|   or higher|     degree|           |
______________________|_______|_______|_____|______|__________|____________|___________|___________|__________
1                     |     2 |     3 |   4 |    5 |        6 |          7 |          8|          9|        10
______________________|_______|_______|_____|______|__________|____________|___________|___________|__________
   United States .....|   19.6|   80.4| 24.4|  15.5|       8.9|85.2  (0.09)| 27.7(0.11)| 85.8(0.19)|86.3(0.19)
                      |_______|_______|_____|______|__________|____________|___________|___________|__________
Alabama ..............|   24.7|   75.3| 19.0|  12.1|       6.9|82.4  (0.73)| 22.3(0.79)| 87.2(1.37)|82.0(1.70)
Alaska ...............|   11.7|   88.3| 24.7|  16.1|       8.6|90.2  (0.67)| 25.5(0.91)| 87.4(4.11)|90.9(3.64)
Arizona ..............|   19.0|   81.0| 23.5|  15.1|       8.4|84.4  (0.79)| 28.0(0.97)| 84.0(1.56)|77.6(1.64)
Arkansas .............|   24.7|   75.3| 16.7|  11.0|       5.7|79.2  (0.79)| 18.8(0.79)| 88.6(1.70)|86.7(1.94)
California ...........|   23.2|   76.8| 26.6|  17.1|       9.5|81.3  (0.36)| 31.7(0.43)| 78.6(0.64)|85.1(0.55)
                      |       |       |     |      |          |            |           |           |
Colorado .............|   13.1|   86.9| 32.7|  21.6|      11.1|88.3  (0.55)| 35.5(0.79)| 87.9(1.42)|82.4(1.73)
Connecticut ..........|   16.0|   84.0| 31.4|  18.1|      13.3|88.8  (0.55)| 34.5(0.79)| 96.1(1.01)|93.6(1.45)
Delaware .............|   17.4|   82.6| 25.0|  15.6|       9.4|86.5  (0.73)| 26.9(0.97)| 90.3(3.09)|90.8(3.16)
District of Columbia .|   22.2|   77.8| 39.1|  18.1|      21.0|86.4  (0.73)| 45.7(1.09)| 86.2(3.85)|88.2(3.82)
Florida ..............|   20.1|   79.9| 22.3|  14.2|       8.1|85.9  (0.43)| 26.0(0.49)| 80.1(0.97)|83.8(0.91)
                      |       |       |     |      |          |            |           |           |
Georgia ..............|   21.4|   78.6| 24.3|  16.0|       8.3|85.2  (0.67)| 27.6(0.85)| 81.3(1.26)|84.7(1.17)
Hawaii ...............|   15.4|   84.6| 26.2|  17.8|       8.4|88.0  (0.67)| 26.6(0.91)| 92.6(2.05)|91.3(2.51)
Idaho ................|   15.3|   84.7| 21.7|  14.9|       6.8|87.9  (0.67)| 23.8(0.85)| 84.9(2.73)|88.3(2.50)
Illinois .............|   18.6|   81.4| 26.1|  16.6|       9.5|86.8  (0.43)| 27.4(0.55)| 87.9(0.83)|88.4(0.86)
Indiana ..............|   17.9|   82.1| 19.4|  12.2|       7.2|87.2  (0.55)| 21.1(0.67)| 89.7(1.12)|89.4(1.26)
                      |       |       |     |      |          |            |           |           |
Iowa .................|   13.9|   86.1| 21.2|  14.7|       6.5|89.8  (0.55)| 24.3(0.79)| 91.9(1.35)|92.4(1.45)
Kansas ...............|   14.0|   86.0| 25.8|  17.1|       8.7|89.6  (0.55)| 30.0(0.79)| 91.6(1.53)|88.2(1.79)
Kentucky .............|   25.9|   74.1| 17.1|  10.2|       6.9|81.8  (0.73)| 21.0(0.79)| 82.2(1.79)|87.4(1.57)
Louisiana ............|   25.2|   74.8| 18.7|  12.2|       6.5|78.7  (0.91)| 22.4(0.91)| 82.2(1.63)|82.6(1.63)
Maine ................|   14.6|   85.4| 22.9|  15.0|       7.9|87.1  (0.55)| 24.2(0.73)| 91.4(2.36)|93.6(2.19)
                      |       |       |     |      |          |            |           |           |
Maryland .............|   16.2|   83.8| 31.4|  18.0|      13.4|87.4  (0.61)| 35.2(0.91)| 93.4(1.07)|84.9(1.60)
Massachusetts ........|   15.2|   84.8| 33.2|  19.5|      13.7|86.9  (0.55)| 36.7(0.79)| 92.4(1.01)|91.4(1.08)
Michigan .............|   16.6|   83.4| 21.8|  13.7|       8.1|87.9  (0.43)| 24.4(0.61)| 89.1(0.89)|88.1(0.92)
Minnesota ............|   12.1|   87.9| 27.4|  19.1|       8.3|92.3  (0.43)| 32.5(0.79)| 95.3(0.91)|93.1(1.06)
Mississippi ..........|   27.1|   72.9| 16.9|  11.1|       5.8|83.0  (0.79)| 20.1(0.85)| 82.0(2.07)|84.3(2.00)
                      |       |       |     |      |          |            |           |           |
Missouri .............|   18.7|   81.3| 21.6|  14.0|       7.6|87.9  (0.61)| 28.1(0.79)| 89.9(1.19)|90.4(1.18)
Montana ..............|   12.8|   87.2| 24.4|  17.2|       7.2|91.9  (0.55)| 25.5(0.91)| 89.8(3.08)|92.4(2.67)
Nebraska .............|   13.4|   86.6| 23.7|  16.4|       7.3|91.3  (0.55)| 24.8(0.85)| 93.0(1.76)|90.8(1.94)
Nevada ...............|   19.3|   80.7| 18.2|  12.1|       6.1|86.3  (0.67)| 24.5(0.79)| 81.5(3.09)|79.6(2.84)
New Hampshire ........|   12.6|   87.4| 28.7|  18.7|      10.0|90.8  (0.55)| 35.4(0.85)| 87.4(3.03)|86.6(3.30)
                      |       |       |     |      |          |            |           |           |
New Jersey ...........|   17.9|   82.1| 29.8|  18.8|      11.0|87.6  (0.49)| 34.6(0.67)| 93.0(0.86)|89.3(1.07)
New Mexico ...........|   21.1|   78.9| 23.5|  13.7|       9.8|82.9  (0.85)| 25.1(0.97)| 78.8(2.86)|85.0(2.59)
New York .............|   20.9|   79.1| 27.4|  15.6|      11.8|85.4  (0.36)| 30.6(0.49)| 86.4(0.72)|86.8(0.76)
North Carolina .......|   21.9|   78.1| 22.5|  15.3|       7.2|80.9  (0.67)| 23.4(0.73)| 85.3(1.16)|84.7(1.23)
North Dakota .........|   16.1|   83.9| 22.0|  16.5|       5.5|89.5  (0.55)| 25.2(0.79)| 97.9(1.56)|96.8(2.01)
                      |       |       |     |      |          |            |           |           |
Ohio .................|   17.0|   83.0| 21.1|  13.7|       7.4|88.1  (0.43)| 24.6(0.55)| 87.7(0.88)|87.0(0.91)
Oklahoma .............|   19.4|   80.6| 20.3|  13.5|       6.8|85.2  (0.67)| 22.9(0.79)| 89.5(1.55)|86.0(1.74)
Oregon ...............|   14.9|   85.1| 25.1|  16.4|       8.7|87.4  (0.61)| 25.9(0.79)| 81.1(2.02)|86.3(1.70)
Pennsylvania .........|   18.1|   81.9| 22.4|  14.0|       8.4|86.5  (0.43)| 25.3(0.55)| 89.6(0.82)|89.8(0.83)
Rhode Island .........|   22.0|   78.0| 25.6|  15.9|       9.7|81.1  (0.67)| 27.2(0.73)| 87.5(3.33)|85.5(3.46)
                      |       |       |     |      |          |            |           |           |
South Carolina .......|   23.7|   76.3| 20.4|  13.5|       6.9|83.6  (0.73)| 24.9(0.91)| 88.4(1.48)|84.5(1.71)
South Dakota .........|   15.4|   84.6| 21.5|  15.5|       6.0|87.5  (0.61)| 25.5(0.79)| 89.6(3.24)|91.6(2.90)
Tennessee ............|   24.1|   75.9| 19.6|  12.8|       6.8|82.9  (0.73)| 24.3(0.85)| 83.3(1.46)|86.6(1.36)
Texas ................|   24.3|   75.7| 23.2|  15.6|       7.6|78.3  (0.49)| 24.5(0.49)| 79.3(0.78)|79.9(0.79)
Utah .................|   12.3|   87.7| 26.1|  17.8|       8.3|91.0  (0.61)| 30.8(1.03)| 91.3(1.56)|88.9(1.67)
                      |       |       |     |      |          |            |           |           |
Vermont ..............|   13.6|   86.4| 29.4|  18.3|      11.1|90.8  (0.61)| 34.2(0.97)| 87.2(3.99)|86.6(4.47)
Virginia .............|   18.5|   81.5| 29.5|  17.9|      11.6|88.4  (0.61)| 33.1(0.85)| 86.3(1.23)|88.2(1.20)
Washington ...........|   12.9|   87.1| 27.7|  18.4|       9.3|89.7  (0.61)| 29.9(0.91)| 86.8(1.30)|88.3(1.25)
West Virginia ........|   24.8|   75.2| 14.8|   8.9|       5.9|80.9  (0.67)| 15.3(0.61)| 87.7(2.25)|88.5(2.26)
Wisconsin ............|   14.9|   85.1| 22.4|  15.2|       7.2|88.8  (0.55)| 25.6(0.73)| 94.2(0.91)|90.3(1.19)
Wyoming ..............|   12.1|   87.9| 21.9|  14.9|       7.0|91.9  (0.55)| 22.5(0.79)| 89.4(3.93)|87.3(4.51)
______________________|_______|_______|_____|______|__________|____________|___________|___________|__________

\1\Excludes students still enrolled in high school. Data reflect 3-year averages.

NOTE: Standard errors appear in parentheses. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Some data have been revised from previously published figures.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Census 2000 Brief, "Educational Attainment: 2000," "Educational Attainment in the United States, 2004." Retrieved on March 23, 2005 from http://www.census.gov/ population/www/socdemo/education/cps2004.html; Census 2000 Summary File 3. Retrieved on March 23, 2005 from http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/2002/sumfile3.html; and National Center for Education Statistics, Dropout Rates in the United States, 2001. (This table was prepared March 2005.)