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Table 24a. Percentage distribution of 18- to 24-year-olds according to highest level of educational attainment, by nativity, sex, and citizenship status: 2009
 
Nativity, sex, and citizenship status Less than high school completion High school completion or higher
Total High school completion only1 Some college Associate's degree Bachelor's degree Bachelor's or higher degree
Total 16.4 83.6 30.2 39.7 4.7 8.4 9.0
Born within the United States2 14.8 85.2 30.4 41.0 4.8 8.5 9.0
Male 17.0 83.0 33.3 38.2 4.2 6.8 7.2
Female 12.4 87.6 27.3 43.9 5.4 10.2 11.0
Born outside of the United States2 29.8 70.2 28.6 28.7 3.8 7.9 9.0
Male 33.7 66.3 29.4 26.5 3.1 6.2 7.3
U.S. citizen 11.7 88.3 27.9 42.0 6.6 10.7 11.9
Non-U.S. citizen 39.4 60.6 29.8 22.5 2.2 5.0 6.2
Female 25.2 74.8 27.7 31.5 4.6 10.0 11.1
U.S. citizen 9.8 90.2 20.5 44.6 7.1 16.9 18.0
Non-U.S. citizen 30.4 69.6 30.2 27.0 3.7 7.7 8.7
1 Includes equivalency certification.
2 United States refers to the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2009.

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