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Status of Education in Rural America
NCES 2007-040
June 2007

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Table 2.9b.

Percentage distribution of adults age 25 and over, by highest level of educational attainment, locale, and poverty status: 2004


Locale and poverty status Total Less than high school graduate1 High school graduate or higher
      Total High school graduate or equivalent2 Some college/ associate's degree Bachelor's degree or higher
      Total Bachelor's degree Graduate or professional degree
Total 100.0 16.1 83.9 29.5 27.4 27.0 17.2 9.9
Incomes below the
 poverty threshold
         
City 100.0 39.1 60.9 28.6 20.3 12.0 8.2 3.8
Suburban 100.0 33.0 67.0 32.3 22.3 12.4 8.6 3.8
Town 100.0 38.2 61.8 34.7 21.0 6.1 4.5 1.6
Rural 100.0 38.3 61.7 36.1 19.4 6.2 4.6 1.6
Incomes 100-185
 percent of the poverty
 threshold
         
City 100.0 33.4 66.6 31.8 22.7 12.1 8.6 3.6
Suburban 100.0 28.6 71.4 35.9 24.1 11.3 8.0 3.4
Town 100.0 31.3 68.7 37.4 23.5 7.8 5.8 2.0
Rural 100.0 31.7 68.3 39.7 21.6 7.0 5.1 1.9
Incomes above 185
 percent of the poverty
 threshold
         
City 100.0 11.6 88.4 23.8 28.0 36.6 22.5 14.1
Suburban 100.0 9.0 91.0 25.9 29.3 35.7 22.5 13.3
Town 100.0 11.6 88.4 32.6 30.3 25.5 16.2 9.3
Rural 100.0 11.6 88.4 35.7 29.6 23.1 15.0 8.0
1 Includes those currently enrolled in school.
2 Includes those currently enrolled in college.
NOTE: For a comparison of poverty definitions, see appendix B. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2004, previously unpublished data.
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