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Table 104.25. Percentage distribution of persons age 25 and over, by highest level of educational attainment, age group, and locale: 2017
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
Age group and locale Total Highest level of educational attainment
Less than high school completion High school completion1 or higher
Total, high school completion or higher High school completion only2 At least some college/ associate's degree Bachelor's degree or higher
Total, bachelor's degree or higher Bachelor's degree Graduate or professional degree
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Total, age 25
    and over
100.0 (†) 12.0 (0.03) 88.0 (0.03) 27.1 (0.05) 28.9 (0.03) 32.0 (0.06) 19.7 (0.04) 12.3 (0.03)
City 100.0 (†) 13.9 (0.05) 86.1 (0.05) 23.7 (0.06) 27.1 (0.06) 35.3 (0.06) 21.4 (0.05) 14.0 (0.05)
Large 100.0 (†) 15.4 (0.07) 84.7 (0.07) 23.1 (0.08) 25.6 (0.08) 36.0 (0.07) 21.8 (0.07) 14.1 (0.06)
Midsize 100.0 (†) 12.4 (0.10) 87.6 (0.10) 24.2 (0.12) 29.1 (0.12) 34.4 (0.12) 20.9 (0.11) 13.5 (0.09)
Small 100.0 (†) 11.3 (0.10) 88.7 (0.10) 25.1 (0.12) 29.0 (0.13) 34.6 (0.14) 20.7 (0.11) 13.9 (0.09)
Suburban 100.0 (†) 10.2 (0.04) 89.8 (0.04) 25.1 (0.06) 28.9 (0.05) 35.9 (0.07) 22.1 (0.06) 13.8 (0.04)
Large 100.0 (†) 10.1 (0.04) 89.9 (0.04) 24.5 (0.07) 28.4 (0.06) 37.0 (0.07) 22.7 (0.06) 14.4 (0.04)
Midsize 100.0 (†) 10.5 (0.13) 89.5 (0.13) 27.7 (0.19) 32.0 (0.18) 29.8 (0.17) 19.0 (0.14) 10.8 (0.12)
Small 100.0 (†) 11.0 (0.17) 89.0 (0.17) 28.7 (0.24) 31.4 (0.21) 28.9 (0.25) 17.9 (0.22) 11.0 (0.14)
Town 100.0 (†) 14.2 (0.12) 85.8 (0.12) 32.9 (0.13) 31.1 (0.11) 21.7 (0.14) 14.0 (0.10) 7.8 (0.07)
Fringe 100.0 (†) 12.6 (0.16) 87.4 (0.16) 31.1 (0.22) 31.9 (0.20) 24.3 (0.21) 15.8 (0.18) 8.5 (0.13)
Distant 100.0 (†) 15.2 (0.16) 84.9 (0.16) 34.7 (0.18) 30.4 (0.17) 19.7 (0.18) 12.4 (0.13) 7.3 (0.09)
Remote 100.0 (†) 14.1 (0.16) 85.9 (0.16) 31.6 (0.25) 31.6 (0.22) 22.7 (0.22) 14.9 (0.17) 7.8 (0.13)
Rural 100.0 (†) 11.8 (0.06) 88.2 (0.06) 34.2 (0.08) 30.7 (0.07) 23.4 (0.08) 14.9 (0.06) 8.5 (0.05)
Fringe 100.0 (†) 10.0 (0.08) 90.0 (0.08) 31.0 (0.12) 30.7 (0.11) 28.4 (0.13) 17.6 (0.09) 10.7 (0.08)
Distant 100.0 (†) 13.3 (0.09) 86.7 (0.09) 37.4 (0.11) 30.5 (0.11) 18.7 (0.09) 12.2 (0.07) 6.5 (0.06)
Remote 100.0 (†) 14.0 (0.15) 86.0 (0.15) 37.3 (0.18) 31.1 (0.16) 17.6 (0.12) 11.9 (0.11) 5.8 (0.08)
                                 
Ages 25 to 34 100.0 (†) 9.1 (0.06) 90.9 (0.06) 24.1 (0.10) 31.3 (0.08) 35.6 (0.12) 24.7 (0.10) 10.9 (0.05)
City 100.0 (†) 9.2 (0.08) 90.8 (0.08) 20.8 (0.12) 28.4 (0.13) 41.6 (0.14) 28.1 (0.13) 13.6 (0.08)
Large 100.0 (†) 9.3 (0.10) 90.7 (0.10) 19.8 (0.16) 26.5 (0.16) 44.3 (0.18) 29.9 (0.18) 14.4 (0.12)
Midsize 100.0 (†) 9.1 (0.21) 90.9 (0.21) 22.0 (0.24) 30.7 (0.30) 38.2 (0.34) 25.6 (0.27) 12.6 (0.19)
Small 100.0 (†) 8.8 (0.20) 91.2 (0.20) 22.5 (0.30) 32.0 (0.29) 36.7 (0.36) 24.9 (0.30) 11.8 (0.21)
Suburban 100.0 (†) 7.8 (0.09) 92.2 (0.09) 22.9 (0.14) 32.0 (0.14) 37.3 (0.15) 26.1 (0.15) 11.2 (0.08)
Large 100.0 (†) 7.6 (0.09) 92.4 (0.09) 22.4 (0.15) 31.4 (0.15) 38.5 (0.17) 26.8 (0.17) 11.7 (0.09)
Midsize 100.0 (†) 8.5 (0.25) 91.5 (0.25) 25.7 (0.43) 35.0 (0.47) 30.8 (0.47) 22.6 (0.37) 8.2 (0.24)
Small 100.0 (†) 9.7 (0.41) 90.3 (0.41) 25.8 (0.52) 34.9 (0.58) 29.7 (0.55) 20.7 (0.54) 8.9 (0.28)
Town 100.0 (†) 11.9 (0.22) 88.1 (0.22) 31.7 (0.31) 35.0 (0.26) 21.4 (0.29) 16.0 (0.24) 5.4 (0.14)
Fringe 100.0 (†) 10.4 (0.39) 89.6 (0.39) 30.4 (0.51) 35.3 (0.50) 23.9 (0.51) 18.1 (0.49) 5.9 (0.26)
Distant 100.0 (†) 12.6 (0.32) 87.4 (0.32) 33.2 (0.42) 34.9 (0.41) 19.3 (0.35) 14.2 (0.29) 5.1 (0.17)
Remote 100.0 (†) 12.3 (0.33) 87.7 (0.33) 30.2 (0.53) 35.0 (0.51) 22.6 (0.50) 17.0 (0.43) 5.5 (0.26)
Rural 100.0 (†) 10.4 (0.13) 89.6 (0.13) 31.4 (0.22) 34.9 (0.19) 23.3 (0.20) 17.3 (0.17) 5.9 (0.08)
Fringe 100.0 (†) 8.9 (0.21) 91.1 (0.21) 28.3 (0.32) 34.3 (0.27) 28.5 (0.32) 20.8 (0.27) 7.7 (0.15)
Distant 100.0 (†) 11.6 (0.21) 88.4 (0.21) 34.3 (0.29) 35.8 (0.28) 18.3 (0.25) 14.0 (0.22) 4.3 (0.12)
Remote 100.0 (†) 12.7 (0.34) 87.3 (0.34) 35.0 (0.52) 34.8 (0.44) 17.5 (0.36) 13.7 (0.30) 3.8 (0.19)
                                 
Ages 35 to 44 100.0 (†) 11.6 (0.06) 88.4 (0.06) 23.6 (0.09) 29.0 (0.08) 35.9 (0.09) 21.6 (0.07) 14.2 (0.06)
City 100.0 (†) 13.8 (0.11) 86.2 (0.11) 21.8 (0.14) 26.5 (0.13) 38.0 (0.14) 22.0 (0.11) 15.9 (0.13)
Large 100.0 (†) 14.9 (0.16) 85.1 (0.16) 21.6 (0.19) 24.9 (0.18) 38.7 (0.16) 22.5 (0.16) 16.2 (0.14)
Midsize 100.0 (†) 12.7 (0.22) 87.3 (0.22) 22.1 (0.29) 28.6 (0.33) 36.6 (0.31) 21.5 (0.25) 15.2 (0.25)
Small 100.0 (†) 11.8 (0.26) 88.2 (0.26) 22.2 (0.30) 28.8 (0.29) 37.2 (0.37) 21.4 (0.28) 15.8 (0.26)
Suburban 100.0 (†) 9.7 (0.09) 90.3 (0.09) 21.2 (0.10) 28.4 (0.12) 40.7 (0.13) 24.5 (0.11) 16.3 (0.10)
Large 100.0 (†) 9.7 (0.09) 90.3 (0.09) 20.7 (0.12) 27.6 (0.12) 42.0 (0.13) 25.0 (0.11) 17.0 (0.10)
Midsize 100.0 (†) 9.7 (0.27) 90.3 (0.27) 23.5 (0.41) 33.3 (0.45) 33.6 (0.43) 21.7 (0.38) 11.9 (0.27)
Small 100.0 (†) 10.8 (0.46) 89.2 (0.46) 24.8 (0.49) 32.3 (0.60) 32.2 (0.71) 19.7 (0.53) 12.4 (0.38)
Town 100.0 (†) 14.1 (0.24) 85.9 (0.24) 29.6 (0.31) 33.3 (0.30) 23.1 (0.30) 15.2 (0.24) 7.9 (0.17)
Fringe 100.0 (†) 12.1 (0.45) 87.9 (0.45) 27.2 (0.52) 34.0 (0.52) 26.7 (0.55) 17.8 (0.44) 8.9 (0.29)
Distant 100.0 (†) 15.7 (0.38) 84.3 (0.38) 31.5 (0.43) 32.6 (0.44) 20.2 (0.42) 13.1 (0.31) 7.1 (0.24)
Remote 100.0 (†) 13.4 (0.36) 86.6 (0.36) 28.7 (0.58) 33.5 (0.63) 24.4 (0.49) 16.2 (0.42) 8.2 (0.29)
Rural 100.0 (†) 10.5 (0.11) 89.5 (0.11) 29.7 (0.19) 33.0 (0.18) 26.9 (0.22) 17.5 (0.17) 9.4 (0.12)
Fringe 100.0 (†) 8.8 (0.16) 91.2 (0.16) 25.6 (0.26) 32.3 (0.28) 33.2 (0.37) 20.8 (0.27) 12.5 (0.22)
Distant 100.0 (†) 11.9 (0.21) 88.1 (0.21) 33.7 (0.25) 33.5 (0.29) 21.0 (0.25) 14.4 (0.19) 6.5 (0.15)
Remote 100.0 (†) 12.8 (0.38) 87.2 (0.38) 34.4 (0.47) 34.1 (0.48) 18.7 (0.44) 13.4 (0.35) 5.3 (0.22)
                                 
Ages 45 to 54 100.0 (†) 11.8 (0.06) 88.2 (0.06) 26.9 (0.08) 29.0 (0.08) 32.4 (0.10) 20.0 (0.07) 12.4 (0.06)
City 100.0 (†) 14.9 (0.12) 85.1 (0.12) 24.9 (0.15) 27.0 (0.14) 33.3 (0.14) 19.9 (0.13) 13.4 (0.10)
Large 100.0 (†) 16.9 (0.16) 83.1 (0.16) 24.9 (0.20) 25.7 (0.18) 32.6 (0.17) 19.3 (0.16) 13.3 (0.12)
Midsize 100.0 (†) 13.0 (0.21) 87.0 (0.21) 25.1 (0.32) 28.7 (0.25) 33.2 (0.27) 20.2 (0.23) 13.1 (0.22)
Small 100.0 (†) 11.3 (0.23) 88.8 (0.23) 24.9 (0.24) 28.8 (0.29) 35.1 (0.29) 21.0 (0.27) 14.1 (0.21)
Suburban 100.0 (†) 9.8 (0.09) 90.2 (0.09) 23.8 (0.11) 28.6 (0.11) 37.8 (0.13) 23.4 (0.11) 14.5 (0.10)
Large 100.0 (†) 9.7 (0.10) 90.3 (0.10) 23.3 (0.13) 28.0 (0.12) 39.0 (0.14) 24.0 (0.11) 15.1 (0.11)
Midsize 100.0 (†) 10.5 (0.27) 89.5 (0.27) 27.1 (0.34) 31.5 (0.38) 30.9 (0.35) 20.1 (0.30) 10.8 (0.23)
Small 100.0 (†) 10.4 (0.36) 89.6 (0.36) 26.8 (0.44) 32.7 (0.54) 30.1 (0.59) 18.9 (0.47) 11.2 (0.33)
Town 100.0 (†) 13.7 (0.22) 86.3 (0.22) 33.2 (0.33) 31.4 (0.26) 21.7 (0.29) 13.9 (0.22) 7.8 (0.16)
Fringe 100.0 (†) 12.2 (0.40) 87.8 (0.40) 31.0 (0.45) 31.9 (0.49) 24.9 (0.43) 16.3 (0.35) 8.7 (0.29)
Distant 100.0 (†) 14.4 (0.35) 85.6 (0.35) 35.3 (0.47) 30.8 (0.35) 19.6 (0.36) 12.2 (0.28) 7.3 (0.18)
Remote 100.0 (†) 14.3 (0.39) 85.7 (0.39) 32.0 (0.55) 32.0 (0.48) 21.8 (0.48) 14.1 (0.35) 7.7 (0.29)
Rural 100.0 (†) 10.3 (0.12) 89.7 (0.12) 33.6 (0.15) 31.8 (0.15) 24.3 (0.15) 15.8 (0.13) 8.5 (0.10)
Fringe 100.0 (†) 8.6 (0.15) 91.4 (0.15) 30.0 (0.23) 31.4 (0.26) 30.0 (0.24) 19.2 (0.21) 10.7 (0.16)
Distant 100.0 (†) 11.9 (0.17) 88.2 (0.17) 37.3 (0.24) 32.0 (0.22) 18.9 (0.17) 12.5 (0.14) 6.4 (0.11)
Remote 100.0 (†) 12.9 (0.34) 87.1 (0.34) 37.9 (0.42) 32.6 (0.42) 16.6 (0.36) 11.0 (0.29) 5.6 (0.19)
                                 
Ages 55 to 64 100.0 (†) 11.5 (0.06) 88.5 (0.06) 29.3 (0.08) 30.0 (0.07) 29.2 (0.07) 17.6 (0.05) 11.6 (0.05)
City 100.0 (†) 14.7 (0.12) 85.3 (0.12) 25.6 (0.11) 28.6 (0.15) 31.1 (0.13) 18.4 (0.11) 12.7 (0.10)
Large 100.0 (†) 17.1 (0.17) 83.0 (0.17) 25.3 (0.16) 27.4 (0.19) 30.3 (0.17) 17.8 (0.15) 12.5 (0.13)
Midsize 100.0 (†) 12.6 (0.21) 87.4 (0.21) 25.9 (0.29) 30.3 (0.31) 31.3 (0.28) 18.8 (0.22) 12.5 (0.21)
Small 100.0 (†) 10.9 (0.20) 89.1 (0.20) 26.2 (0.21) 29.9 (0.25) 33.0 (0.23) 19.4 (0.23) 13.6 (0.20)
Suburban 100.0 (†) 9.5 (0.08) 90.6 (0.08) 26.5 (0.12) 30.3 (0.11) 33.8 (0.10) 20.5 (0.09) 13.4 (0.08)
Large 100.0 (†) 9.4 (0.09) 90.6 (0.09) 25.9 (0.12) 29.8 (0.12) 34.9 (0.11) 21.1 (0.10) 13.8 (0.10)
Midsize 100.0 (†) 9.6 (0.24) 90.4 (0.24) 28.4 (0.38) 33.5 (0.40) 28.4 (0.33) 17.5 (0.29) 10.9 (0.27)
Small 100.0 (†) 10.2 (0.31) 89.8 (0.31) 30.9 (0.52) 31.8 (0.46) 27.1 (0.47) 16.3 (0.36) 10.8 (0.32)
Town 100.0 (†) 13.3 (0.20) 86.7 (0.20) 34.4 (0.26) 31.6 (0.24) 20.8 (0.22) 13.1 (0.17) 7.7 (0.15)
Fringe 100.0 (†) 12.0 (0.37) 88.0 (0.37) 33.2 (0.47) 32.3 (0.41) 22.6 (0.40) 14.5 (0.32) 8.1 (0.26)
Distant 100.0 (†) 14.2 (0.29) 85.8 (0.29) 35.8 (0.39) 30.9 (0.33) 19.1 (0.30) 11.6 (0.23) 7.5 (0.17)
Remote 100.0 (†) 13.0 (0.36) 87.0 (0.36) 33.0 (0.49) 32.1 (0.46) 21.9 (0.44) 14.2 (0.37) 7.7 (0.29)
Rural 100.0 (†) 10.5 (0.09) 89.5 (0.09) 36.9 (0.16) 30.7 (0.14) 21.9 (0.12) 13.5 (0.10) 8.4 (0.08)
Fringe 100.0 (†) 8.9 (0.15) 91.1 (0.15) 33.5 (0.25) 31.0 (0.21) 26.6 (0.20) 16.1 (0.15) 10.6 (0.14)
Distant 100.0 (†) 12.0 (0.16) 88.0 (0.16) 40.4 (0.22) 30.1 (0.24) 17.5 (0.17) 11.0 (0.14) 6.4 (0.11)
Remote 100.0 (†) 12.2 (0.29) 87.8 (0.29) 39.4 (0.36) 31.5 (0.33) 16.9 (0.26) 11.2 (0.26) 5.7 (0.17)
                                 
Age 65 and over 100.0 (†) 15.6 (0.05) 84.4 (0.05) 31.1 (0.07) 25.7 (0.05) 27.6 (0.06) 15.2 (0.05) 12.5 (0.05)
City 100.0 (†) 18.1 (0.10) 81.9 (0.10) 26.6 (0.14) 24.9 (0.12) 30.4 (0.11) 16.3 (0.09) 14.2 (0.08)
Large 100.0 (†) 21.4 (0.17) 78.6 (0.17) 25.6 (0.17) 23.5 (0.15) 29.5 (0.12) 15.7 (0.12) 13.8 (0.10)
Midsize 100.0 (†) 15.5 (0.21) 84.5 (0.21) 26.4 (0.25) 26.9 (0.25) 31.2 (0.24) 16.9 (0.19) 14.3 (0.18)
Small 100.0 (†) 13.5 (0.19) 86.5 (0.19) 28.9 (0.24) 26.0 (0.22) 31.7 (0.23) 17.0 (0.19) 14.7 (0.17)
Suburban 100.0 (†) 13.4 (0.08) 86.6 (0.08) 30.1 (0.11) 26.0 (0.08) 30.6 (0.10) 16.8 (0.08) 13.8 (0.08)
Large 100.0 (†) 13.4 (0.09) 86.6 (0.09) 29.6 (0.11) 25.6 (0.09) 31.4 (0.10) 17.2 (0.09) 14.2 (0.09)
Midsize 100.0 (†) 13.2 (0.21) 86.8 (0.21) 32.0 (0.31) 28.2 (0.31) 26.7 (0.30) 14.9 (0.21) 11.7 (0.21)
Small 100.0 (†) 13.4 (0.36) 86.6 (0.36) 33.7 (0.49) 26.7 (0.46) 26.3 (0.45) 14.7 (0.31) 11.6 (0.33)
Town 100.0 (†) 17.0 (0.17) 83.0 (0.17) 35.0 (0.20) 26.2 (0.20) 21.8 (0.19) 12.3 (0.15) 9.5 (0.13)
Fringe 100.0 (†) 15.6 (0.37) 84.4 (0.37) 33.0 (0.42) 27.5 (0.45) 23.9 (0.40) 13.3 (0.30) 10.6 (0.29)
Distant 100.0 (†) 17.9 (0.25) 82.1 (0.25) 36.9 (0.28) 25.0 (0.25) 20.2 (0.26) 11.3 (0.20) 8.9 (0.18)
Remote 100.0 (†) 16.9 (0.31) 83.2 (0.31) 33.4 (0.40) 27.0 (0.35) 22.7 (0.35) 13.3 (0.25) 9.4 (0.26)
Rural 100.0 (†) 15.5 (0.10) 84.5 (0.10) 36.9 (0.14) 26.0 (0.12) 21.6 (0.13) 12.2 (0.10) 9.5 (0.08)
Fringe 100.0 (†) 13.5 (0.14) 86.5 (0.14) 34.7 (0.20) 26.6 (0.18) 25.2 (0.21) 13.8 (0.15) 11.4 (0.13)
Distant 100.0 (†) 17.4 (0.16) 82.6 (0.16) 39.2 (0.21) 25.1 (0.17) 18.4 (0.18) 10.6 (0.13) 7.8 (0.11)
Remote 100.0 (†) 17.2 (0.25) 82.8 (0.25) 37.8 (0.35) 26.7 (0.29) 18.3 (0.26) 11.2 (0.20) 7.1 (0.16)
†Not applicable.
1 High school completers include diploma recipients and those completing high school through alternative credentials, such as a GED.
2 May include those who are currently enrolled in college but reported high school completion instead of some college as their highest level of educational attainment.
NOTE: Data are based on sample surveys of the entire population in the given age range residing in the United States, including both noninstitutionalized persons (e.g., those living in households, college housing, or military housing located within the United States) and institutionalized persons (e.g., those living in prison, nursing facilities, or other healthcare facilities).
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, American Community Survey (ACS), 2017, Restricted-Use Data File. (This table was prepared April 2019.)

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