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Table 12. Percentage distribution of 6- to 18-year-olds, by parent's highest level of educational attainment, household type, and child's race/ethnicity: 2006 and 2011
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
Year, household type, and race/ethnicity Highest level of education attained by any parent residing with child1
Total, all levels Less than high school completion High school completion2 Some college Associate's degree Bachelor's or higher degree
Total Bachelor's degree Master's degree Doctor's degree
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
2006                                              
Total, both household types 100.0 (†) 11.2   (0.09) 23.6 (0.10) 21.6 (0.09) 10.5 (0.07) 33.2   (0.11) 19.8   (0.09) 8.8   (0.06) 4.6   (0.05)
White 100.0 (†) 4.2   (0.07) 20.8 (0.12) 21.7 (0.12) 11.7 (0.10) 41.6   (0.14) 24.4   (0.13) 11.3   (0.09) 5.9   (0.07)
Black 100.0 (†) 13.2   (0.26) 31.8 (0.34) 26.9 (0.39) 10.0 (0.22) 18.1   (0.25) 12.1   (0.24) 4.5   (0.15) 1.5   (0.08)
Hispanic 100.0 (†) 32.9   (0.33) 27.9 (0.26) 18.3 (0.22) 7.1 (0.14) 13.8   (0.17) 9.2   (0.14) 3.0   (0.08) 1.7   (0.06)
Asian 100.0 (†) 9.7   (0.40) 15.5 (0.50) 11.6 (0.38) 7.2 (0.34) 56.0   (0.54) 30.0   (0.47) 14.8   (0.39) 11.2   (0.30)
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 100.0 (†) 9.6   (2.07) 30.7 (2.72) 28.6 (3.09) 14.3 (2.65) 16.9   (2.23) 12.3   (2.32) 3.2   (0.96) 1.3 ! (0.55)
American Indian/Alaska Native 100.0 (†) 11.9   (0.99) 32.4 (1.14) 28.0 (1.03) 11.6 (0.85) 16.0   (0.85) 11.1   (0.72) 3.0   (0.39) 1.9   (0.39)
Two or more races 100.0 (†) 5.9   (0.33) 21.5 (0.70) 25.2 (0.56) 12.3 (0.49) 35.1   (0.67) 20.8   (0.54) 8.9   (0.37) 5.4   (0.28)
                                               
Two-parent household 100.0 (†) 7.4   (0.08) 19.4 (0.12) 20.2 (0.11) 11.2 (0.09) 41.8   (0.13) 24.2   (0.11) 11.4   (0.08) 6.2   (0.07)
White 100.0 (†) 2.1   (0.06) 17.5 (0.12) 20.3 (0.13) 12.1 (0.11) 48.0   (0.17) 27.6   (0.15) 13.3   (0.11) 7.1   (0.08)
Black. 100.0 (†) 4.0   (0.26) 23.1 (0.55) 27.3 (0.58) 13.1 (0.45) 32.5   (0.60) 20.7   (0.53) 8.6   (0.34) 3.2   (0.19)
Hispanic 100.0 (†) 29.5   (0.39) 26.6 (0.30) 18.8 (0.28) 7.8 (0.18) 17.2   (0.23) 11.3   (0.18) 3.8   (0.10) 2.2   (0.08)
Asian 100.0 (†) 7.5   (0.34) 13.9 (0.53) 10.9 (0.42) 7.1 (0.36) 60.6   (0.62) 31.5   (0.55) 16.6   (0.47) 12.5   (0.34)
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 100.0 (†) 7.7 ! (2.38) 25.1 (2.49) 32.5 (3.83) 15.2 (3.53) 19.5   (2.66) 14.0   (2.76) 4.0 ! (1.32) 1.6 ! (0.73)
American Indian/Alaska Native 100.0 (†) 5.4   (0.76) 28.7 (1.57) 28.7 (1.73) 12.8 (1.05) 24.3   (1.22) 17.5   (1.13) 4.1   (0.57) 2.7   (0.59)
Two or more races 100.0 (†) 1.5   (0.18) 16.0 (0.82) 22.1 (0.74) 13.4 (0.64) 47.0   (0.78) 26.7   (0.72) 12.4   (0.54) 8.0   (0.42)
                                               
Single-parent household 100.0 (†) 19.2   (0.18) 32.5 (0.18) 24.4 (0.18) 8.9 (0.12) 15.1   (0.15) 10.4   (0.12) 3.3   (0.08) 1.4   (0.05)
White 100.0 (†) 10.7   (0.22) 31.4 (0.27) 26.2 (0.27) 10.6 (0.18) 21.1   (0.25) 14.2   (0.19) 4.8   (0.14) 2.0   (0.09)
Black 100.0 (†) 18.5   (0.37) 36.9 (0.44) 26.7 (0.49) 8.2 (0.29) 9.8   (0.25) 7.1   (0.21) 2.1   (0.12) 0.6   (0.07)
Hispanic 100.0 (†) 39.1   (0.50) 30.1 (0.47) 17.4 (0.32) 5.7 (0.24) 7.6   (0.20) 5.4   (0.19) 1.5   (0.10) 0.7   (0.07)
Asian 100.0 (†) 20.4   (1.46) 23.3 (1.22) 15.3 (0.91) 7.7 (0.77) 33.3   (1.51) 22.9   (1.35) 5.9   (0.43) 4.4   (0.51)
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 100.0 (†) 14.4   (3.80) 44.2 (6.13) 19.1 (4.80) 11.9 (3.36) 10.4 ! (3.19) 8.3 ! (3.14)   (†)   (†)
American Indian/Alaska Native 100.0 (†) 18.9   (1.73) 36.5 (1.92) 27.3 (1.53) 10.2 (1.17) 7.1   (0.91) 4.2   (0.67) 1.8   (0.39) 1.1 ! (0.42)
Two or more races 100.0 (†) 12.4   (0.75) 29.6 (1.26) 29.7 (1.02) 10.8 (0.74) 17.5   (0.88) 12.2   (0.73) 3.6   (0.33) 1.7   (0.31)
                                               
2011                                              
Total, both household types 100.0 (†) 11.2   (0.09) 20.1 (0.10) 22.9 (0.12) 10.3 (0.07) 35.5   (0.15) 20.5   (0.11) 10.3   (0.09) 4.7   (0.05)
White 100.0 (†) 3.7   (0.06) 17.2 (0.13) 22.2 (0.15) 11.6 (0.12) 45.3   (0.19) 25.9   (0.14) 13.4   (0.12) 6.0   (0.08)
Black 100.0 (†) 10.9   (0.26) 25.9 (0.30) 30.9 (0.34) 10.7 (0.22) 21.7   (0.29) 13.5   (0.26) 6.2   (0.18) 1.9   (0.10)
Hispanic 100.0 (†) 30.8   (0.26) 25.2 (0.27) 21.0 (0.24) 7.3 (0.16) 15.7   (0.21) 10.2   (0.18) 3.8   (0.11) 1.7   (0.07)
Asian 100.0 (†) 10.1   (0.33) 12.3 (0.35) 11.3 (0.39) 7.1 (0.25) 59.2   (0.57) 29.0   (0.48) 18.2   (0.40) 12.0   (0.38)
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 100.0 (†) 7.8   (1.63) 28.7 (2.90) 31.5 (2.85) 14.9 (2.06) 17.1   (2.19) 10.6   (1.81) 3.8   (0.96) 2.7 ! (0.88)
American Indian/Alaska Native 100.0 (†) 10.9   (0.71) 25.0 (1.03) 31.2 (1.23) 13.2 (0.73) 19.8   (1.07) 14.4   (0.99) 4.2   (0.50) 1.3   (0.21)
Two or more races 100.0 (†) 5.6   (0.31) 17.8 (0.46) 27.6 (0.55) 11.9 (0.43) 37.2   (0.69) 20.6   (0.54) 10.5   (0.42) 6.0   (0.30)
                                               
Two-parent household 100.0 (†) 7.5   (0.09) 15.8 (0.12) 20.3 (0.14) 10.9 (0.10) 45.4   (0.18) 25.4   (0.14) 13.6   (0.12) 6.5   (0.08)
White 100.0 (†) 1.8   (0.06) 13.5 (0.13) 19.9 (0.16) 11.9 (0.13) 52.9   (0.19) 29.5   (0.15) 16.1   (0.15) 7.4   (0.11)
Black 100.0 (†) 3.1   (0.20) 16.8 (0.44) 28.3 (0.56) 13.5 (0.44) 38.2   (0.61) 22.0   (0.54) 12.0   (0.42) 4.2   (0.22)
Hispanic 100.0 (†) 26.8   (0.33) 24.3 (0.36) 20.4 (0.30) 7.9 (0.20) 20.5   (0.34) 13.0   (0.28) 5.1   (0.16) 2.4   (0.10)
Asian 100.0 (†) 8.2   (0.34) 10.7 (0.37) 10.3 (0.40) 6.8 (0.26) 63.9   (0.63) 30.2   (0.54) 20.2   (0.46) 13.5   (0.43)
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 100.0 (†) 4.2 ! (1.44) 27.0 (3.67) 33.0 (3.39) 15.4 (2.64) 20.4   (2.92) 13.3   (2.50) 4.3   (1.22) 2.8   (0.83)
American Indian/Alaska Native 100.0 (†) 3.7   (0.58) 20.0 (1.28) 29.6 (1.91) 17.3 (1.26) 29.5   (1.70) 20.9   (1.60) 6.2   (0.92) 2.4   (0.43)
Two or more races 100.0 (†) 1.8   (0.20) 11.7 (0.56) 24.1 (0.74) 12.2 (0.59) 50.0   (0.91) 25.8   (0.72) 15.0   (0.61) 9.2   (0.49)
                                               
Single-parent household 100.0 (†) 18.3   (0.18) 28.2 (0.19) 27.7 (0.20) 9.3 (0.10) 16.5   (0.17) 11.2   (0.14) 3.9   (0.09) 1.3   (0.04)
White 100.0 (†) 9.3   (0.18) 28.3 (0.31) 28.7 (0.32) 11.0 (0.21) 22.8   (0.28) 15.2   (0.26) 5.6   (0.14) 2.0   (0.09)
Black 100.0 (†) 15.0   (0.37) 30.6 (0.39) 32.2 (0.42) 9.2 (0.29) 12.9   (0.27) 9.1   (0.25) 3.2   (0.14) 0.7   (0.07)
Hispanic 100.0 (†) 36.9   (0.48) 26.5 (0.42) 21.8 (0.34) 6.3 (0.23) 8.4   (0.27) 5.8   (0.21) 1.9   (0.13) 0.7   (0.06)
Asian 100.0 (†) 18.9   (1.07) 20.2 (1.10) 16.3 (1.00) 8.4 (0.73) 36.1   (1.35) 23.4   (1.18) 8.2   (0.74) 4.5   (0.50)
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 100.0 (†) 15.8   (3.66) 32.6 (4.55) 28.1 (5.35) 13.8 (4.09) 9.7   (2.72) 4.6 ! (1.67)   (†)   (†)
American Indian/Alaska Native 100.0 (†) 17.6   (1.26) 29.6 (1.67) 32.6 (1.74) 9.3 (0.87) 10.8   (1.06) 8.3   (0.99) 2.3   (0.39) 0.2 ! (0.09)
Two or more races 100.0 (†) 10.8   (0.69) 26.2 (0.86) 32.4 (0.82) 11.4 (0.58) 19.2   (0.75) 13.4   (0.56) 4.2   (0.46) 1.6   (0.26)
†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 or the coefficient of variation (CV) is 50 percent or greater.
1 Includes adoptive and stepparents, but excludes parents not residing in the same household as their children.
2 Includes parents who completed high school through equivalency programs, such as a GED program.
NOTE: Table includes only 6- to 18-year-olds who resided with at least one parent (including an adoptive or stepparent). Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2006 and 2011. (This table was prepared December 2012.)
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