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Table 9. Percentage of persons 25 to 29 years old with selected levels of educational attainment, by race/ethnicity and sex: Selected years, 1920 through 2012
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
Sex, selected level of educational attainment, and year Total White1 Black1 Hispanic Asian/Pacific Islander American Indian/
Alaska Native
Two or more races
Total Asian Native Hawaiian/
Pacific Islander
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Total                                              
High school completion
     or higher2
                                             
19203 (†) 22.0 (—) 6.3   (—)   (†) (†) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
1940 38.1 (—) 41.2 (—) 12.3   (—)   (†) (†) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
1950 52.8 (—) 56.3 (—) 23.6   (—)   (†) (†) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
1960 60.7 (—) 63.7 (—) 38.6   (—)   (†) (†) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
1970 75.4 (—) 77.8 (—) 58.4   (—)   (†) (†) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
                                               
1975 83.1 (—) 86.6 (—) 71.1   (—) 53.1   (—) (†) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
1980 85.4 (0.40) 89.2 (0.40) 76.7   (1.64) 58.0   (2.59) (†) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
1985 86.1 (0.37) 89.5 (0.38) 80.5   (1.42) 60.9   (2.17) (†) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
1990 85.7 (0.38) 90.1 (0.37) 81.7   (1.37) 58.2   (1.94) 91.5 (2.09) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
1995 86.8 (0.39) 92.5 (0.36) 86.7   (1.23) 57.1   (1.80) 90.8 (2.26) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
2000 88.1 (0.37) 94.0 (0.33) 86.8   (1.13) 62.8   (1.22) 93.7 (1.27) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
2005 86.2 (0.42) 92.8 (0.39) 87.0   (1.03) 63.3   (1.32) 95.6 (0.88) 95.5 (0.92)   (†) 80.2   (4.77) 91.4   (3.91)
                                               
2006 86.4 (0.36) 93.4 (0.35) 86.3   (1.09) 63.2   (1.17) 96.4 (0.88) 96.6 (0.86)   (†) 79.8   (5.19) 89.3   (3.96)
2007 87.0 (0.36) 93.5 (0.33) 87.7   (1.16) 65.0   (1.06) 96.8 (0.91) 97.5 (0.73)   (†) 84.5   (4.41) 90.5   (4.30)
2008 87.8 (0.36) 93.7 (0.38) 87.5   (1.29) 68.3   (1.16) 95.9 (0.86) 95.8 (0.91)   (†) 86.7   (3.36) 94.2   (3.82)
2009 88.6 (0.36) 94.6 (0.33) 88.9   (0.98) 68.9   (1.16) 95.4 (0.91) 95.8 (0.95) 91.6   (3.46) 81.1   (4.26) 88.5   (3.61)
2010 88.8 (0.32) 94.5 (0.31) 89.6   (0.93) 69.4   (1.22) 93.7 (1.18) 94.0 (1.24) 89.7   (5.05) 89.9   (2.98) 88.5   (3.86)
                                               
2011 89.0 (0.34) 94.4 (0.34) 88.1   (0.98) 71.5   (1.12) 95.4 (0.87) 95.3 (0.91)   (†) 84.9   (3.95) 90.7   (3.79)
2012 89.7 (0.38) 94.6 (0.37) 88.5   (0.96) 75.0   (1.16) 96.2 (0.73) 96.1 (0.77) 98.6   (0.83) 84.5   (3.94) 92.8   (2.22)
                                               
Bachelor's or higher
     degree4
                                             
19203 (†) 4.5 (—) 1.2   (—)   (†) (†) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
1940 5.9 (—) 6.4 (—) 1.6   (—)   (†) (†) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
1950 7.7 (—) 8.2 (—) 2.8   (—)   (†) (†) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
1960 11.0 (—) 11.8 (—) 5.4   (—)   (†) (†) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
1970 16.4 (—) 17.3 (—) 10.0   (—)   (†) (†) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
                                               
1975 21.9 (—) 23.8 (—) 10.5   (—) 8.8   (—) (†) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
1980 22.5 (0.47) 25.0 (0.55) 11.6   (1.24) 7.7   (1.39) (†) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
1985 22.2 (0.45) 24.4 (0.53) 11.6   (1.15) 11.1   (1.39) (†) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
1990 23.2 (0.46) 26.4 (0.55) 13.4   (1.20) 8.1   (1.07) 43.0 (3.71) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
1995 24.7 (0.49) 28.8 (0.62) 15.4   (1.31) 8.9   (1.04) 43.1 (3.87) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
2000 29.1 (0.52) 34.0 (0.67) 17.8   (1.28) 9.7   (0.75) 54.3 (2.60) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
2005 28.8 (0.55) 34.5 (0.78) 17.6   (1.21) 11.2   (0.81) 60.0 (2.20) 62.1 (2.25)   (†) 16.4   (3.56) 28.0   (3.79)
                                               
2006 28.4 (0.52) 34.3 (0.78) 18.7   (1.33) 9.5   (0.66) 59.6 (2.39) 61.9 (2.44)   (†) 9.5 ! (4.26) 23.3   (3.14)
2007 29.6 (0.54) 35.5 (0.75) 19.5   (1.21) 11.6   (0.61) 59.4 (2.24) 61.5 (2.26)   (†) 6.4 ! (2.99) 26.3   (3.44)
2008 30.8 (0.51) 37.1 (0.70) 20.4   (1.35) 12.4   (0.69) 57.9 (2.26) 60.2 (2.32)   (†) 14.3   (3.17) 26.6   (3.75)
2009 30.6 (0.57) 37.2 (0.85) 18.9   (1.36) 12.2   (0.80) 56.4 (2.25) 60.3 (2.28) 12.5 ! (4.44) 15.9   (3.73) 29.7   (3.84)
2010 31.7 (0.51) 38.6 (0.72) 19.4   (1.20) 13.5   (0.80) 52.5 (2.32) 55.8 (2.47) 10.0 ! (4.40) 18.6   (4.80) 29.8   (3.22)
                                               
2011 32.2 (0.62) 39.2 (0.88) 20.1   (1.25) 12.8   (0.73) 56.0 (2.50) 57.2 (2.52)   (†) 17.3   (4.45) 32.4   (3.85)
2012 33.5 (0.58) 39.8 (0.78) 23.2   (1.38) 14.8   (0.90) 59.6 (2.17) 61.7 (2.24) 25.5   (6.12) 10.4   (2.87) 32.9   (3.72)
                                               
Master's or higher
     degree
                                             
1995 4.5 (0.24) 5.3 (0.31) 1.8   (0.48) 1.6   (0.46) 10.9 (1.85) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
2000 5.4 (0.26) 5.8 (0.33) 3.7   (0.63) 2.1   (0.36) 15.5 (1.70) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
2005 6.3 (0.31) 7.5 (0.45) 2.6   (0.44) 2.1   (0.38) 16.9 (1.93) 17.5 (2.01)   (†)   (†) 7.0 ! (2.49)
                                               
2006 6.4 (0.29) 7.5 (0.42) 3.2   (0.58) 1.5   (0.25) 20.1 (2.00) 21.1 (2.10)   (†)   (†) 7.1   (1.83)
2007 6.3 (0.30) 7.6 (0.42) 3.5   (0.59) 1.5   (0.25) 17.5 (1.84) 18.5 (1.93)   (†)   (†) 6.2 ! (2.38)
2008 7.0 (0.28) 8.2 (0.40) 4.4   (0.64) 2.0   (0.28) 19.9 (1.84) 21.0 (1.96)   (†)   (†) 6.9 ! (2.57)
2009 7.4 (0.30) 8.9 (0.45) 4.2   (0.54) 1.9   (0.26) 21.1 (1.98) 22.9 (2.16)   (†)   (†) 6.5 ! (2.02)
2010 6.8 (0.26) 7.7 (0.38) 4.7   (0.60) 2.5   (0.37) 17.9 (1.87) 19.2 (1.99)   (†)   (†) 5.3 ! (1.63)
                                               
2011 6.9 (0.32) 8.1 (0.45) 4.0   (0.52) 2.7   (0.37) 16.7 (1.78) 17.5 (1.85)   (†)   (†) 6.1   (1.59)
2012 7.2 (0.35) 8.2 (0.51) 5.1   (0.66) 2.7   (0.36) 17.8 (1.85) 18.9 (1.92)   (†) 2.6 ! (1.28) 4.1 ! (1.49)
                                               
Males                                              
High school completion
     or higher2
                                             
1980 85.4 (0.49) 89.1 (0.48) 74.7   (1.97) 57.0   (3.45) (†) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
1985 85.9 (0.49) 89.2 (0.49) 80.6   (1.75) 58.6   (2.62) (†) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
1990 84.4 (0.56) 88.6 (0.57) 81.4   (2.03) 56.6   (2.69) 95.3 (1.78) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
1995 86.3 (0.56) 92.0 (0.53) 88.4   (1.72) 55.7   (2.51) 90.5 (2.37) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
2000 86.7 (0.55) 92.9 (0.51) 87.6   (1.67) 59.2   (1.76) 92.1 (1.83) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
2005 85.0 (0.58) 91.8 (0.53) 86.6   (1.76) 63.2   (1.72) 96.8 (1.09) 96.7 (1.15)   (†)   (†) 89.1   (3.07)
                                               
2006 84.4 (0.54) 92.3 (0.52) 84.2   (2.02) 60.5   (1.64) 97.2 (1.01) 97.2 (1.06)   (†)   (†) 89.2   (3.81)
2007 84.9 (0.50) 92.7 (0.48) 87.4   (1.65) 60.5   (1.59) 95.9 (1.13) 96.3 (1.10)   (†)   (†) 92.9   (2.64)
2008 85.8 (0.54) 92.6 (0.58) 85.7   (1.99) 65.6   (1.55) 95.6 (1.23) 95.4 (1.31)   (†)   (†) 92.7   (2.68)
2009 87.5 (0.51) 94.4 (0.46) 88.8   (1.56) 66.2   (1.54) 96.4 (1.17) 96.2 (1.25)   (†)   (†) 92.0   (3.01)
2010 87.4 (0.44) 94.6 (0.42) 87.9   (1.52) 65.7   (1.52) 93.8 (1.83) 93.5 (1.95)   (†) 93.2   (3.47) 87.9   (4.32)
                                               
2011 87.5 (0.49) 93.4 (0.48) 88.0   (1.43) 69.2   (1.62) 94.2 (1.30) 93.9 (1.36)   (†) 84.5   (5.28) 86.2   (4.41)
2012 88.4 (0.51) 93.8 (0.50) 86.2   (1.58) 73.3   (1.57) 96.1 (1.04) 96.0 (1.09)   (†)   (†) 91.0   (3.58)
                                               
Bachelor's or higher
     degree4
                                             
1980 24.0 (0.59) 26.8 (0.69) 10.5   (1.39) 8.4   (1.94) (†) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
1985 23.1 (0.59) 25.5 (0.69) 10.3   (1.35) 10.9   (1.66) (†) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
1990 23.7 (0.65) 26.6 (0.79) 15.1   (1.87) 7.3   (1.41) 47.6 (4.19) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
1995 24.5 (0.70) 28.4 (0.88) 17.4   (2.04) 7.8   (1.35) 42.0 (3.98) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
2000 27.9 (0.73) 32.3 (0.93) 18.4   (1.96) 8.3   (0.98) 55.5 (3.37) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
2005 25.5 (0.68) 30.7 (0.98) 14.2   (1.57) 10.2   (0.99) 58.5 (3.11) 61.0 (3.17)   (†)   (†) 24.5   (4.93)
                                               
2006 25.3 (0.67) 31.4 (0.98) 15.2   (1.66) 6.9   (0.70) 58.7 (3.46) 60.9 (3.52)   (†)   (†) 20.8   (4.65)
2007 26.3 (0.72) 31.9 (0.98) 18.9   (1.86) 8.6   (0.71) 58.5 (3.45) 60.4 (3.54)   (†)   (†) 23.3   (4.88)
2008 26.8 (0.64) 32.6 (0.89) 19.0   (1.94) 10.0   (0.86) 54.1 (3.41) 55.8 (3.53)   (†)   (†) 25.7   (4.45)
2009 26.6 (0.66) 32.6 (1.04) 14.8   (1.82) 11.0   (1.04) 55.2 (3.07) 59.2 (3.24)   (†)   (†) 24.6   (5.77)
2010 27.8 (0.68) 34.8 (0.96) 15.0   (1.72) 10.8   (1.06) 49.0 (3.12) 52.3 (3.31)   (†) 18.9 ! (7.12) 24.9   (4.91)
                                               
2011 28.4 (0.82) 35.5 (1.16) 17.0   (1.83) 9.6   (0.90) 50.8 (3.42) 52.1 (3.55)   (†) 15.4 ! (4.80) 34.1   (6.62)
2012 29.8 (0.82) 36.0 (1.06) 19.1   (1.74) 12.5   (1.20) 55.0 (3.15) 56.9 (3.16)   (†)   (†) 30.4   (5.44)
                                               
Master's or higher
     degree
                                             
1995 4.9 (0.35) 5.6 (0.45) 2.2 ! (0.80) 2.0 ! (0.70) 12.6 (2.68) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
2000 4.7 (0.34) 4.9 (0.43) 2.1 ! (0.72) 1.5   (0.43) 17.2 (2.56) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
2005 5.2 (0.38) 6.2 (0.55) 1.1 ! (0.43) 1.7   (0.46) 19.7 (3.13) 20.5 (3.30)   (†)   (†)   (†)
                                               
2006 5.1 (0.37) 5.8 (0.51) 1.7 ! (0.52) 1.1   (0.32) 20.5 (2.68) 21.8 (2.83)   (†)   (†) 5.9 ! (2.66)
2007 5.0 (0.39) 5.7 (0.50) 3.3   (0.99) 0.6 ! (0.19) 18.4 (2.89) 19.3 (3.00)   (†)   (†) 9.8 ! (4.28)
2008 5.3 (0.34) 5.9 (0.49) 3.4   (0.90) 1.2   (0.32) 20.9 (2.94) 22.1 (3.07)   (†)   (†) 7.8 ! (2.85)
2009 6.1 (0.37) 7.4 (0.60) 3.2   (0.73) 1.2   (0.28) 20.4 (2.48) 22.0 (2.69)   (†)   (†) 5.0 ! (2.38)
2010 5.2 (0.32) 6.3 (0.50) 2.9   (0.69) 1.5   (0.39) 15.0 (2.19) 16.2 (2.36)   (†)   (†) #   (†)
                                               
2011 5.1 (0.38) 5.9 (0.49) 1.9   (0.54) 1.8   (0.41) 18.0 (2.58) 19.1 (2.71)   (†)   (†)   (†)
2012 5.6 (0.42) 6.3 (0.59) 2.7   (0.72) 2.4   (0.50) 16.2 (2.46) 17.2 (2.60)   (†)   (†)   (†)
                                               
Females                                              
High school completion
     or higher2
                                             
1980 85.5 (0.48) 89.2 (0.48) 78.3   (1.71) 58.9   (3.38) (†) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
1985 86.4 (0.47) 89.9 (0.48) 80.5   (1.61) 63.1   (2.48) (†) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
1990 87.0 (0.51) 91.7 (0.49) 82.0   (1.85) 59.9   (2.79) 85.1 (2.82) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
1995 87.4 (0.54) 93.0 (0.50) 85.3   (1.75) 58.7   (2.60) 91.2 (2.50) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
2000 89.4 (0.49) 95.2 (0.43) 86.2   (1.53) 66.4   (1.69) 95.2 (1.39) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
2005 87.4 (0.44) 93.8 (0.47) 87.3   (1.22) 63.4   (1.54) 94.6 (1.36) 94.4 (1.41)   (†)   (†) 94.2   (2.26)
                                               
2006 88.5 (0.44) 94.6 (0.41) 88.0   (1.14) 66.6   (1.41) 95.6 (1.44) 96.0 (1.31)   (†)   (†) 89.4   (3.81)
2007 89.1 (0.45) 94.2 (0.44) 87.9   (1.46) 70.7   (1.30) 97.7 (1.05) 98.5 (0.68)   (†) 90.2   (4.49) 87.9   (3.82)
2008 89.9 (0.39) 94.7 (0.44) 89.2   (1.43) 71.9   (1.34) 96.1 (1.12) 96.2 (1.18)   (†) 84.2   (4.68) 95.9   (2.44)
2009 89.8 (0.41) 94.8 (0.44) 89.0   (1.12) 72.5   (1.34) 94.5 (1.20) 95.3 (1.18)   (†) 83.4   (4.81) 84.8   (3.57)
2010 90.2 (0.39) 94.4 (0.42) 91.1   (0.96) 74.1   (1.53) 93.6 (1.25) 94.5 (1.27)   (†) 86.8   (4.80) 89.1   (3.55)
                                               
2011 90.7 (0.36) 95.5 (0.42) 88.2   (1.24) 74.3   (1.26) 96.6 (0.89) 96.6 (0.92)   (†) 85.3   (6.02) 94.0   (2.52)
2012 91.1 (0.44) 95.3 (0.46) 90.6   (1.11) 76.9   (1.39) 96.3 (0.98) 96.1 (1.04)   (†) 85.8   (4.53) 94.7   (2.35)
                                               
Bachelor's or higher
     degree4
                                             
1980 21.0 (0.56) 23.2 (0.65) 12.4   (1.36) 6.9   (1.74) (†) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
1985 21.3 (0.57) 23.3 (0.67) 12.6   (1.35) 11.2   (1.62) (†) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
1990 22.8 (0.64) 26.2 (0.78) 11.9   (1.56) 9.1   (1.64) 37.4 (3.83) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
1995 24.9 (0.70) 29.2 (0.89) 13.7   (1.70) 10.1   (1.59) 44.5 (4.38) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
2000 30.1 (0.73) 35.8 (0.96) 17.4   (1.69) 11.0   (1.12) 53.1 (3.26) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
2005 32.2 (0.75) 38.2 (1.00) 20.5   (1.68) 12.4   (1.07) 61.4 (3.06) 63.1 (3.11)   (†)   (†) 32.1   (5.70)
                                               
2006 31.6 (0.70) 37.2 (0.99) 21.7   (1.77) 12.8   (1.05) 60.4 (2.76) 62.8 (2.82)   (†)   (†) 25.7   (4.72)
2007 33.0 (0.72) 39.2 (1.03) 20.0   (1.38) 15.4   (1.10) 60.3 (2.83) 62.5 (2.88)   (†)   (†) 29.6   (5.17)
2008 34.9 (0.71) 41.7 (0.98) 21.6   (1.57) 15.5   (1.11) 61.6 (2.67) 64.4 (2.71)   (†) 12.2 ! (3.69) 27.7   (5.57)
2009 34.8 (0.78) 42.0 (1.12) 22.6   (1.75) 13.8   (1.09) 57.6 (3.00) 61.3 (3.03)   (†) 16.3   (4.42) 35.0   (5.07)
2010 35.7 (0.68) 42.4 (0.96) 23.3   (1.72) 16.8   (1.20) 55.8 (2.93) 58.9 (3.00)   (†) 18.4 ! (6.68) 34.0   (4.96)
                                               
2011 36.1 (0.71) 43.0 (1.03) 22.9   (1.62) 16.8   (1.10) 61.0 (2.74) 62.0 (2.75)   (†) 19.7 ! (6.64) 31.2   (4.36)
2012 37.2 (0.69) 43.6 (0.97) 26.7   (1.78) 17.4   (1.10) 64.0 (2.38) 66.2 (2.46)   (†) 14.0 ! (4.55) 35.5   (5.50)
                                               
Master's or higher
     degree
                                             
1995 4.1 (0.32) 5.0 (0.42) 1.4 ! (0.59) 1.2 ! (0.58) 8.9 (2.50) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
2000 6.2 (0.38) 6.7 (0.50) 4.9   (0.96) 2.7   (0.58) 13.9 (2.26) (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
2005 7.3 (0.44) 8.8 (0.64) 4.0   (0.70) 2.6   (0.51) 14.4 (2.08) 15.0 (2.15)   (†)   (†) 10.0 ! (4.26)
                                               
2006 7.8 (0.42) 9.2 (0.63) 4.5   (0.93) 2.0   (0.41) 19.7 (2.33) 20.4 (2.44)   (†)   (†) 8.3 ! (2.89)
2007 7.6 (0.43) 9.4 (0.63) 3.7   (0.66) 2.6   (0.53) 16.5 (2.39) 17.7 (2.54)   (†)   (†)  
2008 8.7 (0.44) 10.4 (0.64) 5.2   (0.87) 2.9   (0.46) 18.9 (2.30) 19.9 (2.44)   (†)   (†)  
2009 8.8 (0.45) 10.4 (0.66) 5.1   (0.80) 2.7   (0.43) 21.7 (2.45) 23.7 (2.70)   (†)   (†) 7.9 ! (2.84)
2010 8.5 (0.39) 9.2 (0.56) 6.2   (0.94) 3.8   (0.56) 20.6 (2.60) 21.8 (2.75)   (†)   (†) 10.0 ! (3.06)
                                               
2011 8.8 (0.48) 10.4 (0.72) 5.8   (0.85) 3.8   (0.63) 15.4 (1.98) 15.9 (2.03)   (†)   (†) 9.9   (2.61)
2012 8.8 (0.45) 10.0 (0.67) 7.1   (1.00) 3.0   (0.45) 19.3 (2.23) 20.4 (2.31)   (†)   (†) 6.3 ! (2.49)
—Not available.
†Not applicable.
#Rounds to zero.
!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.
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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