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Digest of Education Statistics: 2008
Digest of Education Statistics: 2008

NCES 2009-020
March 2009


Table 14. Educational attainment of persons 25 years old and over for the 15 largest metropolitan areas, by sex: 2008
Metropolitan area Number of persons 25 years old and over
(in thousands)
Percent with high school
completion or higher
Percent with bachelor's
or higher degree
Total Males Females Total Male Female Total Male Female
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Gainesville, GA/AL, CSA 3,515 (64.6) 1,721 (45.4) 1,794 (46.3) 89.2 (0.57) 88.2 (0.85) 90.2 (0.77) 38.7 (0.90) 40.9 (1.30) 36.6 (1.25)
Boston-Worcester-Manchester, MA/NH, CSA 3,741 (66.6) 1,774 (46.1) 1,967 (48.5) 92.8 (0.46) 92.7 (0.68) 92.9 (0.64) 44.8 (0.89) 44.4 (1.30) 45.1 (1.23)
Chicago-Naperville-Michigan City, IL/IN/WI, CSA 6,117 (84.8) 2,918 (59.0) 3,199 (61.7) 87.7 (0.46) 86.8 (0.69) 88.6 (0.62) 35.1 (0.67) 36.3 (0.98) 34.0 (0.92)
Dallas-Fort Worth, TX, CSA 3,877 (67.8) 1,905 (47.7) 1,972 (48.6) 82.1 (0.68) 80.4 (1.00) 83.6 (0.92) 32.3 (0.83) 33.2 (1.19) 31.5 (1.15)
Detroit-Warren-Flint, MI, CSA 3,691 (66.2) 1,721 (45.4) 1,970 (48.5) 88.3 (0.58) 89.5 (0.81) 87.2 (0.83) 30.4 (0.83) 32.1 (1.24) 29.0 (1.12)
                                     
Houston-Baytown-Huntsville, TX, CSA 3,416 (63.7) 1,644 (44.4) 1,772 (46.1) 79.9 (0.75) 78.1 (1.12) 81.5 (1.01) 28.6 (0.85) 27.6 (1.21) 29.4 (1.19)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Riverside, CA, CSA 11,273 (113.8) 5,514 (80.6) 5,758 (82.3) 79.2 (0.42) 78.8 (0.60) 79.6 (0.58) 29.4 (0.47) 30.5 (0.68) 28.3 (0.65)
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Miami Beach, FL, MSA 3,665 (66.0) 1,740 (45.6) 1,926 (48.0) 86.6 (0.62) 86.1 (0.91) 87.1 (0.84) 31.5 (0.84) 31.8 (1.23) 31.2 (1.16)
Minneapolis-St. Paul-St. Cloud, MN/WI, CSA 2,132 (50.5) 1,036 (35.3) 1,096 (36.3) 93.3 (0.60) 93.9 (0.81) 92.6 (0.87) 39.4 (1.16) 41.3 (1.68) 37.5 (1.61)
New York-Newark-Bridgeport, NY/NJ/CT/PA, CSA 14,293 (127.3) 6,688 (88.6) 7,605 (94.2) 86.2 (0.32) 86.2 (0.46) 86.2 (0.43) 37.1 (0.44) 38.8 (0.65) 35.6 (0.60)
                                     
Philadelphia-Camden-Vineland, PA/NJ/DE/MD, CSA 3,815 (67.3) 1,789 (46.3) 2,026 (49.2) 89.1 (0.55) 88.1 (0.84) 90.0 (0.73) 31.3 (0.82) 31.7 (1.21) 31.0 (1.13)
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ, MSA 2,903 (58.8) 1,457 (41.8) 1,447 (41.6) 85.9 (0.71) 85.9 (1.00) 85.9 (1.01) 27.3 (0.91) 29.3 (1.31) 25.4 (1.26)
San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, CA, CSA 5,259 (78.8) 2,569 (55.4) 2,690 (56.6) 88.6 (0.48) 88.7 (0.69) 88.6 (0.67) 44.1 (0.75) 43.6 (1.07) 44.7 (1.05)
Seattle-Tacoma-Olympia, WA, CSA 2,587 (55.6) 1,259 (38.9) 1,328 (39.9) 94.1 (0.51) 93.7 (0.75) 94.5 (0.69) 36.4 (1.04) 36.7 (1.49) 36.2 (1.45)
Washington-Baltimore-Northern Virginia, DC/MD/VA/WV, CSA 5,317 (79.2) 2,543 (55.1) 2,774 (57.5) 90.8 (0.43) 90.2 (0.65) 91.4 (0.59) 45.3 (0.75) 47.3 (1.09) 43.5 (1.03)
NOTE: CSA = Combined Statistical Area, MSA = Metropolitan Statistical Area. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Standard errors appear in parentheses.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Current Population Survey (CPS), March 2008. (This table was prepared September 2008.)