Youth Indicators 1996 / Indicator 28


Indicator 28. School Completion


Percent of 25- to 29-year-olds completing high school and college, by age and race/ethnicity: 1940 to 1995

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                  Highest level of education completed
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                               Completed high school
           Less than  ----------------------------------------
   Year     4 years                        4 years
            of high              4 years   of high  4 years of
             school     Total    of high    school     college
                                 school   and some     or more
                                  only     college
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                                   All races

1940 .....      61.9      38.1       ---       ---        5.9
1950 .....      47.2      52.8       ---       ---        7.7
1960 .....      39.3      60.7      37.5      12.2       11.0
1970 .....      24.6      75.4      44.1      14.9       16.4
1980 .....      14.6      85.4      40.7      22.2       22.5

1990 .....      14.3      85.7      41.2      21.3       23.2
1992 .....      13.7      86.3      37.4      25.3       23.6
1993 .....      13.3      86.8      35.7      27.4       23.7
1994 .....      13.9      86.1      34.0      28.8       23.3
1995 ....       13.2      86.9      32.8      29.4       24.7

                                     White\1\

1940 .....      58.8      41.2       ---       ---        6.4
1950 .....      43.7      56.3       ---       ---        8.2
1960 .....      36.3      63.7      39.1      12.8       11.8
1970 .....      22.2      77.8      45.0      15.5       17.3
1980 .....      13.1      86.9      40.7      22.5       23.7

1990 .....      13.7      86.3      41.0      21.1       24.2
1992 .....      12.9      87.1      36.8      25.3       25.0
1993 .....      12.7      87.2      35.0      27.5       24.7
1994 .....      13.5      86.5      33.3      29.0       24.2
1995 .....      12.6      87.4      32.0      29.4       26.0

                                    Black\1\

1940\2\...      87.7      12.3       ---       ---        1.6
1950\2\...      76.4      23.6       ---       ---        2.8
1960\2\...      61.4      38.6      25.5       7.7        5.4
1970 .....      43.8      56.2      39.0       9.9        7.3
1980 .....      23.1      76.9      44.1      21.1       11.7

1990 .....      18.4      81.6      45.7      22.6       13.4
1992 .....      19.1      80.9      44.7      24.9       11.3
1993 .....      17.3      82.7      42.5      27.0       13.2
1994 .....      15.9      84.1      42.2      28.2       13.7
1995 .....      13.5      86.5      41.7      29.6       15.3

                                  Hispanic\3\


1980 .....      42.1      57.9      34.8      15.4        7.7
1990 .....      41.9      58.1      34.8      15.2        8.2

1992 .....      39.1      60.9      32.3      19.1        9.5
1993 .....      39.1      60.9      31.2      21.4        8.3
1994 .....      39.7      60.3      29.3      23.0        8.0
1995 .....      42.9      57.1      28.4      19.9        8.9
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-Data not available.

/1/ Includes Hispanics.

/2/ Includes other races.

/3/ Hispanics may be of any race.

NOTE: Because of rounding, percentages may not total 100 percent.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, 1960 Census of Population, vol. 1, part 1; Current Population Reports, Series P-20, Educational Attainment in the United States, various years; and unpublished data.

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