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Table 24. Percentage distribution of 18- to 24-year-olds according to highest level of educational attainment, by sex: Selected years, 1980 through 2009
 
Year and sex Less than
high school
completion
High school completion or higher
Total High school
completion only1
Some college2 Associate's
degree
Bachelor's
degree
Bachelor's or
higher degree
Total              
1980 22.9 77.1 45.8 24.6 6.7
1985 22.1 77.9 43.9 27.0 7.0
1990 22.0 78.0 42.4 28.3 7.4
1995 22.8 77.2 30.9 34.4 4.1 7.5 7.8
2000 23.5 76.5 30.4 34.6 3.9 7.0 7.7
2001 22.9 77.1 30.0 33.9 4.7 8.0 8.5
2002 23.7 76.3 30.1 34.0 4.1 7.6 8.0
2003 22.7 77.3 30.0 34.8 4.4 7.7 8.1
2004 22.1 77.9 30.0 35.0 4.4 8.0 8.4
2005 21.8 78.2 30.0 35.2 4.6 8.0 8.4
2006 21.2 78.8 30.4 35.0 5.0 7.8 8.4
2007 21.1 78.9 30.3 34.8 5.2 8.0 8.6
2008 20.0 80.0 29.2 36.5 5.0 8.8 9.4
2009 19.4 80.6 29.3 36.3 5.1 9.2 9.8
               
Male              
1980 24.9 75.1 44.0 24.9 6.2
1985 24.1 75.9 43.0 26.2 6.7
1990 23.6 76.4 42.2 27.3 6.8
1995 24.7 75.3 32.8 32.6 3.5 6.2 6.4
2000 26.1 73.9 31.1 33.0 3.8 5.6 6.0
2001 25.9 74.1 31.1 32.1 4.4 6.3 6.6
2002 25.9 74.1 31.3 32.2 3.9 6.4 6.6
2003 25.0 75.0 32.3 32.6 4.0 5.9 6.2
2004 25.0 75.0 32.1 32.6 3.9 6.1 6.5
2005 24.1 75.9 32.8 32.5 4.0 6.5 6.7
2006 23.6 76.4 32.0 33.3 4.6 6.1 6.6
2007 23.5 76.5 31.9 32.9 4.8 6.5 7.0
2008 21.9 78.1 31.7 34.2 4.6 7.4 7.7
2009 21.7 78.3 32.3 33.5 4.4 7.6 8.1
               
Female              
1980 21.0 79.0 47.5 24.3 7.3
1985 20.2 79.8 44.8 27.7 7.3
1990 20.4 79.6 42.5 29.2 7.9
1995 20.9 79.1 29.1 36.2 4.7 8.7 9.1
2000 20.9 79.1 29.6 36.3 3.9 8.5 9.3
2001 20.0 80.0 28.9 35.7 4.9 9.8 10.4
2002 21.5 78.5 28.9 35.8 4.4 8.9 9.4
2003 20.4 79.6 27.6 37.1 4.8 9.5 10.1
2004 19.2 80.8 27.9 37.6 4.9 9.9 10.5
2005 19.6 80.4 27.2 37.9 5.2 9.6 10.1
2006 18.8 81.2 28.8 36.9 5.3 9.5 10.2
2007 18.7 81.3 28.8 36.7 5.6 9.5 10.3
2008 18.0 82.0 26.7 38.8 5.4 10.4 11.2
2009 17.1 82.9 26.3 39.1 5.8 10.8 11.6
— Not available.
1 Includes equivalency certification from 1992 to 2009
2 Prior to 1992, “some college” refers to completing 1 or more years of college. From 1992 to 2009, the term refers to completing any college at all.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Current Population Survey (CPS), March and Annual Social and Economic Supplement, selected years, 1980–2009.

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