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Table 12. Educational attainment of persons 25 years old and over, by race/ethnicity and state: 2006
State Percent with high school completion or higher Percent with bachelor's degree or higher
Total White Black Hispanic Asian Hawaiian/Islander American Native More than one race Total White Black Hispanic Asian Hawaiian/Islander American Native More than one race
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
United States 84.1 (0.04) 88.9 (0.04) 79.5 (0.11) 60.3 (0.15) 85.7 (0.17) 84.9 (1.00) 79.2 (0.47) 86.3 (0.34) 27.0 (0.05) 29.9 (0.06) 16.9 (0.11) 12.3 (0.09) 49.6 (0.24) 13.9 (1.00) 13.1 (0.38) 24.6 (0.39)
Alabama 80.0 (0.34) 82.4 (0.34) 74.8 (0.61) 54.8 (3.41) 84.5 (3.22) (†) 77.3 (3.81) 70.2 (2.73) 21.0 (0.29) 23.0 (0.35) 14.3 (0.57) 13.2 (2.30) 54.1 (4.32) (†) 12.9 (3.46) 14.6 (3.05)
Alaska 90.0 (0.62) 94.0 (0.58) 91.4 (4.78) 72.6 (7.52) 76.6 (4.47) (†) 78.0 (1.99) 86.0 (3.95) 26.8 (1.01) 31.2 (1.24) 21.3 (6.63) 17.2 (4.14) 26.0 (3.49) (†) 8.3 (1.65) 16.6 (4.04)
Arizona 83.6 (0.24) 92.1 (0.21) 87.2 (1.54) 60.1 (0.91) 87.1 (1.46) 89.5 (8.38) 73.4 (1.53) 87.3 (1.87) 25.5 (0.30) 31.3 (0.37) 23.1 (1.54) 9.4 (0.42) 50.1 (2.55) 14.9 (5.44) 9.3 (0.89) 21.5 (1.88)
Arkansas 80.6 (0.37) 83.1 (0.44) 76.6 (1.07) 46.9 (2.78) 82.4 (3.68) (†) 74.6 (4.73) 77.0 (3.78) 18.6 (0.36) 19.9 (0.42) 13.1 (0.96) 7.5 (1.24) 39.2 (5.54) (†) 13.1 (2.92) 8.3 (1.83)
California 80.1 (0.10) 92.5 (0.09) 86.0 (0.41) 55.9 (0.27) 85.5 (0.30) 85.3 (1.63) 82.9 (1.35) 89.7 (0.67) 29.1 (0.11) 37.3 (0.17) 21.0 (0.42) 9.4 (0.17) 47.5 (0.38) 13.4 (1.67) 13.6 (0.98) 28.6 (0.88)
                                                                 
Colorado 88.1 (0.21) 93.7 (0.16) 86.5 (1.51) 62.9 (0.96) 87.7 (1.28) (†) 81.9 (3.31) 90.7 (1.99) 34.5 (0.28) 39.9 (0.38) 19.1 (1.78) 11.3 (0.51) 46.8 (2.09) (†) 22.6 (3.14) 28.9 (3.24)
Connecticut 88.1 (0.25) 91.0 (0.25) 82.2 (1.03) 68.2 (1.40) 88.9 (1.57) (†) 68.6 (6.81) 90.7 (2.84) 33.6 (0.42) 36.8 (0.46) 15.5 (1.16) 12.6 (0.98) 62.6 (2.88) (†) 17.9 (6.66) 31.4 (4.03)
Delaware 85.8 (0.62) 88.5 (0.74) 81.3 (2.25) 58.4 (4.17) 93.6 (2.41) (†) (†) 88.0 (5.55) 28.1 (0.79) 29.2 (0.83) 21.4 (2.09) 14.3 (3.18) 66.3 (4.66) (†) (†) 25.0 (7.50)
District of Columbia 84.3 (0.73) 98.3 (0.36) 78.6 (1.07) 56.6 (4.47) 90.6 (3.24) (†) (†) 88.9 (4.77) 45.3 (0.87) 85.0 (1.05) 19.8 (1.12) 31.1 (3.61) 68.1 (5.81) (†) (†) 55.0 (9.75)
Florida 84.7 (0.14) 89.2 (0.14) 77.1 (0.45) 73.5 (0.46) 85.7 (0.76) 87.4 (4.49) 84.0 (2.66) 86.1 (1.32) 25.3 (0.16) 27.5 (0.17) 15.6 (0.40) 21.7 (0.38) 46.0 (1.26) 14.2 (5.07) 13.7 (2.35) 22.9 (1.57)
                                                                 
Georgia 82.3 (0.18) 86.0 (0.21) 80.1 (0.39) 53.5 (1.37) 83.7 (1.21) (†) 80.0 (4.06) 86.3 (2.61) 26.4 (0.20) 30.4 (0.27) 18.2 (0.35) 11.4 (0.84) 48.5 (1.86) (†) 22.1 (4.21) 32.4 (3.10)
Hawaii 89.0 (0.43) 94.4 (0.52) 98.1 (1.35) 90.3 (1.42) 85.2 (0.81) 82.6 (1.87) (†) 92.1 (1.08) 29.5 (0.58) 41.8 (1.36) 27.6 (5.55) 15.7 (1.77) 30.3 (0.86) 10.6 (1.50) (†) 18.1 (1.49)
Idaho 87.5 (0.49) 90.9 (0.43) (†) 50.1 (2.73) 88.3 (3.82) (†) 77.0 (4.07) 81.7 (5.21) 23.6 (0.55) 24.8 (0.59) (†) 9.5 (1.52) 40.8 (6.38) (†) 12.1 (3.72) 18.9 (4.38)
Illinois 85.0 (0.17) 90.1 (0.17) 80.9 (0.49) 58.2 (0.83) 90.5 (0.77) (†) 76.1 (4.97) 83.6 (2.07) 28.8 (0.22) 32.1 (0.28) 17.5 (0.57) 10.8 (0.50) 60.7 (1.21) (†) 14.4 (3.75) 25.0 (2.28)
Indiana 85.3 (0.20) 86.7 (0.20) 81.6 (0.81) 58.2 (1.75) 91.8 (1.96) (†) 79.4 (5.87) 83.8 (2.41) 21.8 (0.24) 22.4 (0.26) 13.2 (0.91) 11.8 (1.19) 61.7 (3.34) (†) 22.3 (5.56) 20.1 (2.70)
                                                                 
Iowa 88.8 (0.32) 90.2 (0.29) 81.6 (2.85) 52.0 (3.25) 84.6 (3.24) (†) 82.1 (6.23) 93.9 (3.40) 24.3 (0.46) 24.4 (0.47) 15.9 (3.04) 7.8 (1.70) 56.9 (4.28) (†) 25.1 (7.37) 24.9 (7.45)
Kansas 88.7 (0.29) 91.6 (0.24) 85.4 (1.38) 57.3 (2.13) 85.8 (2.89) (†) 92.1 (2.25) 81.5 (2.98) 28.9 (0.43) 30.3 (0.46) 20.1 (2.00) 10.4 (1.19) 53.2 (3.83) (†) 23.8 (4.26) 22.5 (3.63)
Kentucky 79.7 (0.30) 79.9 (0.34) 80.2 (1.10) 61.0 (3.05) 89.2 (2.52) (†) 90.7 (5.09) 75.0 (4.56) 19.9 (0.29) 20.2 (0.30) 13.9 (0.94) 13.7 (1.82) 55.9 (3.59) (†) 7.7 (3.63) 15.1 (2.98)
Louisiana 79.1 (0.33) 83.5 (0.37) 69.6 (0.79) 69.4 (2.66) 83.4 (3.01) (†) 71.0 (5.15) 75.0 (3.84) 20.0 (0.27) 23.4 (0.38) 11.0 (0.44) 18.4 (1.93) 44.4 (3.37) (†) 10.1 (2.78) 17.0 (3.36)
Maine 88.9 (0.46) 89.1 (0.47) 91.5 (4.97) 79.7 (10.14) 87.5 (5.30) (†) 71.4 (8.68) 84.9 (4.50) 25.9 (0.64) 25.9 (0.63) 29.7 (9.59) 18.8 (6.02) 51.6 (9.82) (†) 9.5 (4.42) 15.1 (4.11)
                                                                 
Maryland 87.2 (0.18) 90.0 (0.24) 84.0 (0.40) 66.6 (1.73) 90.6 (0.75) (†) 84.7 (4.75) 90.6 (1.97) 35.3 (0.28) 39.1 (0.37) 24.2 (0.53) 21.4 (1.32) 61.8 (1.56) (†) 25.8 (6.50) 36.5 (3.25)
Massachusetts 88.0 (0.23) 90.4 (0.22) 82.1 (1.11) 66.4 (1.44) 82.0 (1.24) (†) 81.5 (5.21) 88.2 (2.19) 36.7 (0.28) 38.5 (0.31) 21.3 (1.17) 14.5 (0.91) 55.8 (1.87) (†) 21.5 (5.31) 36.9 (3.03)
Michigan 87.3 (0.17) 89.1 (0.18) 80.1 (0.62) 68.1 (1.84) 89.2 (1.46) (†) 84.6 (2.54) 84.2 (1.96) 24.6 (0.24) 25.5 (0.27) 15.2 (0.54) 15.4 (1.28) 60.1 (2.12) (†) 12.4 (1.91) 19.4 (2.19)
Minnesota 90.7 (0.23) 92.4 (0.19) 81.2 (1.86) 62.7 (3.05) 80.9 (2.33) (†) 82.2 (3.03) 87.0 (2.72) 30.2 (0.39) 30.9 (0.39) 20.9 (1.88) 15.8 (1.94) 40.7 (2.66) (†) 12.1 (2.26) 25.7 (3.68)
Mississippi 77.7 (0.43) 82.5 (0.49) 69.4 (0.73) 55.1 (3.60) 78.3 (5.59) (†) 64.0 (8.51) 79.4 (4.38) 18.7 (0.39) 22.3 (0.48) 11.3 (0.55) 13.9 (2.59) 48.3 (5.62) (†) 10.4 (4.14) 19.2 (4.98)
                                                                 
Missouri 84.9 (0.22) 86.0 (0.24) 80.3 (0.97) 67.1 (1.90) 83.3 (1.98) (†) 81.1 (3.09) 83.8 (2.03) 24.0 (0.27) 24.9 (0.29) 14.9 (0.78) 17.9 (1.96) 50.2 (3.14) (†) 24.4 (5.01) 19.7 (2.69)
Montana 90.4 (0.49) 91.1 (0.45) (†) 82.7 (6.45) 84.1 (7.17) (†) 77.5 (3.43) 93.6 (3.61) 26.9 (0.66) 27.7 (0.69) (†) 25.7 (6.90) 45.5 (10.30) (†) 10.4 (1.95) 15.8 (5.87)
Nebraska 89.7 (0.38) 92.5 (0.33) 88.3 (2.20) 51.8 (2.90) 81.2 (4.86) (†) 69.3 (6.10) 83.0 (6.10) 26.5 (0.54) 27.8 (0.60) 17.3 (2.59) 10.1 (1.60) 48.2 (5.72) (†) 12.7 (5.19) 13.3 (5.33)
Nevada 84.1 (0.33) 91.4 (0.38) 88.1 (1.19) 57.3 (1.09) 88.5 (1.18) 87.8 (3.73) 83.8 (2.63) 89.3 (2.35) 20.9 (0.39) 24.5 (0.54) 14.7 (1.40) 7.2 (0.58) 34.4 (1.62) 9.4 (4.08) 6.6 (2.38) 25.2 (3.68)
New Hampshire 89.6 (0.38) 89.7 (0.42) 81.6 (4.26) 85.7 (4.43) 93.7 (2.55) (†) (†) 85.4 (6.55) 31.8 (0.58) 31.1 (0.64) 32.9 (9.71) 28.2 (5.30) 62.7 (7.52) (†) (†) 38.7 (10.83)
                                                                 
New Jersey 85.9 (0.18) 90.1 (0.16) 81.4 (0.63) 67.3 (0.73) 91.8 (0.54) (†) 83.9 (5.91) 83.2 (2.39) 33.3 (0.23) 36.1 (0.26) 20.1 (0.64) 14.3 (0.54) 65.7 (0.84) (†) 15.7 (5.22) 32.3 (2.52)
New Mexico 82.2 (0.47) 93.3 (0.42) 81.5 (3.51) 70.0 (0.87) 83.5 (3.95) (†) 74.1 (1.99) 89.8 (2.82) 25.3 (0.46) 37.3 (0.69) 27.5 (4.23) 12.4 (0.58) 48.4 (5.48) (†) 9.8 (1.33) 35.1 (5.20)
New York 84.1 (0.15) 90.0 (0.13) 79.3 (0.38) 64.7 (0.60) 80.4 (0.65) (†) 84.0 (2.65) 84.6 (1.52) 31.1 (0.15) 36.0 (0.21) 19.4 (0.38) 14.7 (0.34) 44.7 (0.82) (†) 18.0 (2.71) 32.9 (2.01)
North Carolina 82.1 (0.21) 85.7 (0.22) 78.5 (0.45) 49.1 (1.60) 85.3 (1.66) (†) 66.9 (2.00) 79.4 (2.46) 24.8 (0.23) 27.9 (0.29) 15.3 (0.45) 10.6 (0.75) 52.8 (2.27) (†) 10.7 (1.44) 20.9 (2.31)
North Dakota 87.8 (0.58) 88.2 (0.56) (†) (†) (†) (†) 80.5 (5.68) (†) 26.4 (1.07) 26.8 (1.08) (†) (†) (†) (†) 13.3 (4.04) (†)
                                                                 
Ohio 86.3 (0.14) 87.4 (0.13) 79.3 (0.55) 71.5 (1.64) 89.0 (1.36) (†) 76.2 (2.96) 86.5 (1.84) 22.9 (0.17) 23.4 (0.18) 14.3 (0.50) 16.7 (1.26) 62.3 (2.33) (†) 10.9 (2.35) 17.4 (2.01)
Oklahoma 84.1 (0.32) 86.6 (0.32) 81.6 (1.37) 55.0 (2.31) 85.8 (2.85) (†) 80.6 (1.39) 81.6 (1.22) 22.0 (0.42) 24.0 (0.52) 14.8 (1.28) 10.5 (1.21) 43.3 (3.94) (†) 12.1 (0.99) 17.3 (1.41)
Oregon 87.7 (0.30) 91.0 (0.28) 84.3 (2.75) 54.3 (1.89) 83.9 (1.65) 90.0 (5.55) 85.9 (2.44) 87.5 (1.62) 27.3 (0.38) 28.7 (0.40) 15.6 (3.16) 10.1 (1.07) 42.3 (2.02) 14.8 (4.46) 15.1 (2.78) 22.5 (2.52)
Pennsylvania 86.3 (0.17) 87.9 (0.16) 79.7 (0.62) 63.5 (1.54) 84.9 (1.20) (†) 81.9 (5.10) 81.3 (2.67) 25.5 (0.19) 26.5 (0.18) 14.0 (0.64) 12.5 (0.92) 55.3 (1.83) (†) 21.4 (5.74) 19.5 (2.35)
Rhode Island 82.8 (0.62) 85.7 (0.66) 80.5 (3.10) 58.6 (3.00) 77.1 (4.19) (†) 71.5 (9.59) 87.2 (4.38) 29.1 (0.69) 31.1 (0.76) 18.8 (3.09) 13.5 (1.79) 48.5 (5.40) (†) 14.9 (9.15) 13.0 (4.23)
                                                                 
South Carolina 81.5 (0.31) 85.1 (0.33) 74.0 (0.76) 56.5 (2.41) 87.0 (2.31) (†) 74.4 (4.66) 88.1 (2.12) 22.9 (0.30) 27.3 (0.37) 11.0 (0.46) 10.8 (1.11) 48.0 (3.78) (†) 15.3 (4.45) 30.7 (3.48)
South Dakota 87.4 (0.67) 88.7 (0.64) (†) 51.5 (11.46) (†) (†) 78.8 (3.52) (†) 25.0 (0.85) 26.3 (0.93) (†) 5.4 (3.15) (†) (†) 9.0 (2.44) (†)
Tennessee 80.8 (0.24) 82.1 (0.25) 77.6 (0.76) 54.4 (2.31) 87.7 (2.33) (†) 77.0 (4.74) 80.1 (2.68) 22.0 (0.26) 23.2 (0.29) 14.5 (0.63) 11.5 (1.21) 54.7 (3.96) (†) 16.5 (3.32) 17.9 (3.00)
Texas 78.6 (0.15) 90.1 (0.13) 82.3 (0.45) 56.0 (0.37) 85.7 (0.67) 88.6 (6.20) 88.1 (1.70) 88.8 (1.10) 24.7 (0.15) 32.4 (0.20) 18.0 (0.41) 10.3 (0.22) 52.9 (1.00) 22.7 (8.59) 26.1 (2.27) 29.5 (1.51)
Utah 90.4 (0.38) 93.7 (0.29) 81.1 (7.96) 64.3 (2.17) 86.5 (2.59) 99.0 (1.01) 80.7 (4.34) 88.9 (3.56) 28.6 (0.41) 30.5 (0.47) 24.2 (5.81) 12.8 (1.61) 45.3 (4.97) 13.1 (3.88) 6.7 (2.66) 30.5 (6.50)
                                                                 
Vermont 91.0 (0.56) 91.2 (0.57) (†) 94.9 (4.20) (†) (†) (†) 88.2 (6.20) 32.9 (1.20) 32.7 (1.17) (†) 42.2 (10.56) (†) (†) (†) 24.7 (8.82)
Virginia 85.3 (0.22) 88.0 (0.21) 78.3 (0.56) 68.1 (1.42) 90.1 (0.81) (†) 80.8 (3.52) 89.9 (1.79) 32.8 (0.25) 35.6 (0.29) 17.7 (0.50) 23.9 (1.16) 57.1 (1.21) (†) 22.1 (4.07) 34.0 (2.59)
Washington 88.9 (0.20) 92.3 (0.17) 86.6 (1.34) 56.2 (1.44) 83.5 (1.15) 78.7 (4.00) 83.3 (1.64) 88.9 (1.52) 30.3 (0.29) 31.8 (0.33) 20.9 (1.50) 10.3 (0.86) 42.8 (1.17) 11.9 (3.71) 10.4 (1.55) 23.4 (2.00)
West Virginia 81.0 (0.49) 80.9 (0.50) 84.0 (2.00) 74.1 (5.39) 95.7 (2.88) (†) (†) 72.7 (7.43) 16.5 (0.45) 16.3 (0.43) 15.0 (2.19) 23.3 (6.51) 63.2 (7.62) (†) (†) 14.7 (6.04)
Wisconsin 88.4 (0.22) 90.2 (0.21) 76.9 (1.84) 63.9 (2.24) 79.7 (2.39) (†) 84.2 (3.56) 89.8 (2.59) 25.5 (0.29) 26.7 (0.29) 11.1 (1.10) 10.9 (1.35) 45.8 (3.82) (†) 11.3 (2.55) 25.2 (4.06)
Wyoming 90.0 (0.63) 91.5 (0.64) (†) 70.7 (3.73) (†) (†) 84.6 (5.98) 94.7 (3.89) 21.8 (0.96) 22.9 (1.07) (†) 8.1 (2.92) (†) (†) 7.1 (4.93) 19.4 (8.89)
† Not applicable.
‡ Reporting standards not met.
NOTE: Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Standard errors appear in parentheses.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2006. (This table was prepared September 2008.)

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