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Table 1. Percentage distribution of 2002 high school sophomores reporting main reason for attending their first postsecondary institution, by selected student, family, and high school characteristics: 2006

Characteristic Single and never married Married or previously married1  
Total 94.8 5.2
Female 92.6 7.4
Male 96.8 3.2
White, non-Hispanic 94.8 5.2
Black, non-Hispanic 97.7 2.6
Hispanic 91.8 8.2
Asian, non-Hispanic 97.3 2.7  
All other races, non-Hispanic 9.37 6.3  
Family income in 2001      
$0-20,000 91.2 8.8
$20,001-50,000 93.9 6.1
$50,001-100,000 95.8 4.2
$100,001 or more 98.0 2.0
Parental education3      
High school or less 91.9 8.1
Some college 93.9 6.1
Bachelor's degree 97.2 2.8
Graduate/professional degree 97.8 2.2
Native language4      
English 95.1 4.9
Non-English 92.2 7.8
1 Previously married includes separated, divorced, or widowed.
2 Black, non-Hispanic includes African American. Hispanic includes Latino. All other races, non-Hispanic includes American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and Two or more races.
3 Parental education is the highest level of education attained by either the student’s mother or father (including guardians); or, if data are available for only one parent or guardian, the educational attainment of that parent (or guardian).
4 The first language the student learned to speak.
NOTE: Totals are weighted by F2QWT and other estimates are weighted by F2BYWT. The flag variable G10COHRT was used to produce data that are based on 2002 high school sophomores interviewed in both 2002 and 2006. Details may not sum to 100 percent due to rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS: 2002) Second Follow-up, 2006."

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