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Projections of Education Statistics to 2021

NCES 2013-008
January 2013


Table B-4.  Actual and projected college-age populations, by selected ages: 1996 through 2021
[In thousands]
Year (July 1) 18-year-olds 18- to 24-year-olds 25- to 29-year-olds 30- to 34-year-olds 35- to 44-year-olds
Actual          
1996 3,650 25,376 19,927 21,996 43,605
1997 3,780 25,574 19,960 21,494 44,282
1998 3,984 26,155 19,863 20,999 44,802
1999 3,993 26,780 19,632 20,647 45,130
2000 4,082 27,390 19,328 20,560 45,217
2001 4,106 28,081 18,866 20,689 45,101
2002 4,087 28,598 18,752 20,705 44,706
2003 4,206 29,121 18,872 20,545 44,251
2004 4,218 29,474 19,193 20,220 43,881
2005 4,228 29,609 19,629 19,787 43,594
2006 4,303 29,758 20,200 19,343 43,325
2007 4,397 29,973 20,640 19,231 42,879
2008 4,590 30,355 21,003 19,365 42,275
2009 4,537 30,687 21,184 19,708 41,573
2010 4,489 30,865 21,259 20,157 41,067
Projected          
2011 4,446 31,103 21,305 20,729 40,849
2012 4,386 31,268 21,401 21,193 40,815
2013 4,365 31,329 21,579 21,551 40,891
2014 4,343 31,275 21,869 21,760 40,998
2015 4,293 31,028 22,234 21,835 41,090
2016 4,297 30,786 22,561 21,888 41,317
2017 4,346 30,647 22,825 21,990 41,714
2018 4,395 30,599 22,964 22,173 42,267
2019 4,554 30,769 22,951 22,467 42,867
2020 4,561 30,967 22,778 22,836 43,440
2021 4,596 31,221 22,585 23,168 44,092
NOTE: Some data have been revised from previously published figures. Projections are from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2008 National Population Projections, ratio-adjusted to line up with the most recent historical estimate.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Population Estimates, retrieved October 16, 2011 from http://www.census.gov/popest/data/index.html; and 2008 National Population Projections, retrieved November 2, 2008, from http://www.census.gov/population/www/projections/2008projections.html. (This table was prepared January 2012.)

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