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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: 2018
[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 or higher degree
Total,
bachelor's or
higher degree
Bachelor's
degree
Graduate or
professional
degree
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Total, age 25
    and over
100.0 (†) 11.7   (0.03) 88.3   (0.03) 26.9   (0.04) 28.9   (0.03) 32.6   (0.06) 20.0   (0.04) 12.6   (0.03)
City 100.0 (†) 13.5   (0.05) 86.5   (0.05) 23.4   (0.06) 27.0   (0.06) 36.1   (0.07) 21.7   (0.06) 14.4   (0.05)
Large 100.0 (†) 15.0   (0.07) 85.0   (0.07) 22.7   (0.07) 25.4   (0.07) 37.0   (0.08) 22.3   (0.07) 14.7   (0.06)
Midsize 100.0 (†) 12.1   (0.09) 87.9   (0.09) 23.7   (0.11) 29.4   (0.12) 34.9   (0.14) 21.2   (0.11) 13.7   (0.09)
Small 100.0 (†) 11.2   (0.11) 88.8   (0.11) 25.0   (0.12) 28.8   (0.13) 34.9   (0.15) 20.7   (0.13) 14.3   (0.10)
Suburban 100.0 (†) 9.9   (0.05) 90.1   (0.05) 24.8   (0.06) 28.8   (0.05) 36.5   (0.07) 22.3   (0.05) 14.2   (0.05)
Large 100.0 (†) 9.8   (0.05) 90.2   (0.05) 24.2   (0.06) 28.3   (0.06) 37.7   (0.07) 23.0   (0.05) 14.7   (0.05)
Midsize 100.0 (†) 10.2   (0.13) 89.8   (0.13) 27.6   (0.16) 32.5   (0.15) 29.7   (0.18) 18.7   (0.14) 11.0   (0.13)
Small 100.0 (†) 10.4   (0.20) 89.7   (0.20) 29.4   (0.22) 31.1   (0.23) 29.1   (0.21) 18.0   (0.18) 11.2   (0.15)
Town 100.0 (†) 13.8   (0.10) 86.2   (0.10) 32.9   (0.12) 31.4   (0.10) 22.0   (0.15) 14.0   (0.10) 8.0   (0.08)
Fringe 100.0 (†) 12.2   (0.20) 87.9   (0.20) 31.1   (0.24) 31.8   (0.23) 24.9   (0.23) 15.9   (0.18) 9.0   (0.14)
Distant 100.0 (†) 14.8   (0.13) 85.2   (0.13) 34.7   (0.15) 30.4   (0.15) 20.1   (0.18) 12.7   (0.12) 7.4   (0.11)
Remote 100.0 (†) 13.7   (0.18) 86.3   (0.18) 31.4   (0.20) 32.7   (0.17) 22.2   (0.25) 14.2   (0.20) 8.0   (0.15)
Rural 100.0 (†) 11.3   (0.06) 88.7   (0.06) 33.8   (0.08) 30.9   (0.07) 24.0   (0.08) 15.3   (0.06) 8.7   (0.05)
Fringe 100.0 (†) 9.6   (0.07) 90.4   (0.07) 30.5   (0.12) 30.6   (0.10) 29.3   (0.13) 18.3   (0.09) 11.1   (0.07)
Distant 100.0 (†) 13.0   (0.10) 87.1   (0.10) 37.2   (0.11) 30.9   (0.11) 18.9   (0.10) 12.4   (0.08) 6.5   (0.06)
Remote 100.0 (†) 13.3   (0.12) 86.7   (0.12) 36.7   (0.20) 31.8   (0.19) 18.2   (0.16) 12.2   (0.14) 6.0   (0.08)

 Ages 25 to 34
100.0 (†) 8.6   (0.06) 91.4   (0.06) 24.2   (0.09) 31.1   (0.09) 36.2   (0.11) 25.2   (0.08) 11.0   (0.05)
City 100.0 (†) 8.7   (0.08) 91.3   (0.08) 20.9   (0.11) 28.0   (0.13) 42.4   (0.15) 28.7   (0.13) 13.7   (0.08)
Large 100.0 (†) 8.9   (0.11) 91.2   (0.11) 19.9   (0.15) 26.0   (0.17) 45.2   (0.18) 30.6   (0.14) 14.6   (0.12)
Midsize 100.0 (†) 8.5   (0.18) 91.5   (0.18) 21.7   (0.28) 30.9   (0.33) 38.9   (0.30) 26.4   (0.26) 12.5   (0.19)
Small 100.0 (†) 8.5   (0.18) 91.5   (0.18) 23.2   (0.26) 31.4   (0.29) 37.0   (0.29) 25.0   (0.24) 12.0   (0.20)
Suburban 100.0 (†) 7.3   (0.09) 92.7   (0.09) 23.0   (0.13) 31.7   (0.14) 38.0   (0.15) 26.7   (0.13) 11.3   (0.09)
Large 100.0 (†) 7.2   (0.09) 92.8   (0.09) 22.4   (0.14) 31.0   (0.15) 39.4   (0.16) 27.6   (0.14) 11.8   (0.09)
Midsize 100.0 (†) 7.8   (0.27) 92.2   (0.27) 26.4   (0.49) 36.0   (0.46) 29.8   (0.46) 21.6   (0.40) 8.2   (0.24)
Small 100.0 (†) 8.4   (0.37) 91.6   (0.37) 26.9   (0.58) 35.5   (0.67) 29.2   (0.66) 20.9   (0.53) 8.3   (0.32)
Town 100.0 (†) 11.3   (0.20) 88.7   (0.20) 31.9   (0.28) 35.4   (0.27) 21.4   (0.28) 15.9   (0.22) 5.5   (0.13)
Fringe 100.0 (†) 9.8   (0.37) 90.2   (0.37) 30.9   (0.57) 35.8   (0.50) 23.5   (0.51) 17.6   (0.41) 6.0   (0.25)
Distant 100.0 (†) 12.1   (0.27) 87.9   (0.27) 33.5   (0.38) 34.8   (0.41) 19.6   (0.39) 14.6   (0.34) 5.0   (0.15)
Remote 100.0 (†) 11.3   (0.35) 88.7   (0.35) 30.1   (0.49) 36.1   (0.53) 22.5   (0.46) 16.6   (0.39) 5.9   (0.24)
Rural 100.0 (†) 9.9   (0.14) 90.1   (0.14) 31.4   (0.19) 35.0   (0.16) 23.8   (0.20) 17.9   (0.17) 5.9   (0.08)
Fringe 100.0 (†) 8.4   (0.20) 91.6   (0.20) 28.1   (0.26) 34.2   (0.24) 29.4   (0.30) 21.7   (0.26) 7.7   (0.16)
Distant 100.0 (†) 11.3   (0.20) 88.8   (0.20) 34.5   (0.31) 35.7   (0.24) 18.5   (0.25) 14.3   (0.19) 4.3   (0.11)
Remote 100.0 (†) 11.5   (0.27) 88.5   (0.27) 35.2   (0.43) 36.4   (0.44) 16.9   (0.43) 13.4   (0.38) 3.5   (0.17)

 Ages 35 to 44
100.0 (†) 11.2   (0.06) 88.8   (0.06) 23.2   (0.10) 28.7   (0.08) 36.8   (0.10) 21.9   (0.07) 15.0   (0.07)
City 100.0 (†) 13.4   (0.11) 86.7   (0.11) 21.3   (0.13) 26.2   (0.15) 39.2   (0.15) 22.3   (0.13) 16.9   (0.12)
Large 100.0 (†) 14.2   (0.15) 85.8   (0.15) 21.0   (0.20) 24.5   (0.18) 40.3   (0.23) 22.9   (0.19) 17.5   (0.16)
Midsize 100.0 (†) 12.4   (0.24) 87.6   (0.24) 21.5   (0.34) 29.4   (0.35) 36.7   (0.27) 21.4   (0.25) 15.3   (0.22)
Small 100.0 (†) 11.7   (0.24) 88.3   (0.24) 21.8   (0.24) 28.2   (0.30) 38.3   (0.32) 21.5   (0.28) 16.8   (0.23)
Suburban 100.0 (†) 9.5   (0.09) 90.5   (0.09) 20.9   (0.13) 28.0   (0.12) 41.5   (0.14) 24.7   (0.11) 16.9   (0.11)
Large 100.0 (†) 9.5   (0.10) 90.5   (0.10) 20.4   (0.14) 27.3   (0.13) 42.9   (0.15) 25.3   (0.12) 17.5   (0.11)
Midsize 100.0 (†) 9.8   (0.36) 90.2   (0.36) 23.6   (0.43) 33.1   (0.47) 33.5   (0.47) 21.0   (0.37) 12.5   (0.28)
Small 100.0 (†) 9.6   (0.41) 90.4   (0.41) 26.1   (0.59) 31.3   (0.51) 33.0   (0.60) 20.0   (0.56) 13.0   (0.39)
Town 100.0 (†) 13.8   (0.20) 86.2   (0.20) 29.2   (0.30) 33.2   (0.28) 23.9   (0.33) 15.2   (0.22) 8.7   (0.21)
Fringe 100.0 (†) 12.3   (0.45) 87.7   (0.45) 26.5   (0.55) 33.3   (0.50) 28.0   (0.57) 17.9   (0.48) 10.1   (0.36)
Distant 100.0 (†) 15.1   (0.34) 84.9   (0.34) 31.3   (0.44) 32.4   (0.37) 21.2   (0.44) 13.3   (0.31) 7.9   (0.25)
Remote 100.0 (†) 12.9   (0.38) 87.1   (0.38) 28.4   (0.57) 34.7   (0.60) 24.1   (0.56) 15.5   (0.44) 8.6   (0.32)
Rural 100.0 (†) 10.0   (0.14) 90.0   (0.14) 29.1   (0.17) 32.9   (0.19) 28.0   (0.18) 18.1   (0.14) 10.0   (0.13)
Fringe 100.0 (†) 8.6   (0.20) 91.4   (0.20) 24.9   (0.26) 31.8   (0.29) 34.7   (0.28) 21.6   (0.22) 13.1   (0.21)
Distant 100.0 (†) 11.3   (0.19) 88.7   (0.19) 33.3   (0.29) 33.9   (0.26) 21.5   (0.25) 14.5   (0.20) 7.0   (0.16)
Remote 100.0 (†) 11.9   (0.30) 88.1   (0.30) 33.5   (0.45) 34.6   (0.50) 20.0   (0.40) 14.2   (0.36) 5.8   (0.23)

 Ages 45 to 54
100.0 (†) 11.6   (0.06) 88.4   (0.06) 26.2   (0.08) 28.8   (0.07) 33.4   (0.09) 20.3   (0.06) 13.1   (0.07)
City 100.0 (†) 14.9   (0.11) 85.1   (0.11) 24.0   (0.15) 26.8   (0.16) 34.3   (0.16) 20.2   (0.12) 14.1   (0.12)
Large 100.0 (†) 16.5   (0.14) 83.5   (0.14) 23.6   (0.21) 25.9   (0.20) 34.1   (0.19) 20.0   (0.17) 14.1   (0.14)
Midsize 100.0 (†) 13.6   (0.22) 86.4   (0.22) 24.1   (0.32) 28.4   (0.34) 33.9   (0.30) 20.2   (0.23) 13.8   (0.27)
Small 100.0 (†) 11.7   (0.21) 88.3   (0.21) 25.1   (0.30) 27.9   (0.32) 35.3   (0.28) 20.8   (0.24) 14.5   (0.24)
Suburban 100.0 (†) 9.6   (0.09) 90.4   (0.09) 23.4   (0.12) 28.3   (0.12) 38.8   (0.13) 23.5   (0.10) 15.3   (0.09)
Large 100.0 (†) 9.5   (0.09) 90.5   (0.09) 22.8   (0.14) 27.7   (0.13) 40.1   (0.14) 24.2   (0.12) 15.9   (0.09)
Midsize 100.0 (†) 10.0   (0.27) 90.0   (0.27) 26.1   (0.35) 32.5   (0.40) 31.4   (0.35) 19.9   (0.35) 11.4   (0.25)
Small 100.0 (†) 10.2   (0.37) 89.8   (0.37) 28.9   (0.51) 30.7   (0.55) 30.2   (0.48) 18.4   (0.43) 11.8   (0.34)
Town 100.0 (†) 13.8   (0.20) 86.2   (0.20) 32.6   (0.25) 31.1   (0.26) 22.5   (0.24) 14.1   (0.19) 8.3   (0.16)
Fringe 100.0 (†) 12.1   (0.37) 88.0   (0.37) 30.5   (0.55) 31.7   (0.55) 25.7   (0.44) 16.2   (0.38) 9.5   (0.30)
Distant 100.0 (†) 14.7   (0.30) 85.3   (0.30) 34.4   (0.39) 30.2   (0.35) 20.6   (0.34) 12.8   (0.29) 7.8   (0.22)
Remote 100.0 (†) 14.0   (0.37) 86.0   (0.37) 31.6   (0.58) 32.2   (0.54) 22.2   (0.49) 14.2   (0.39) 7.9   (0.30)
Rural 100.0 (†) 10.0   (0.12) 90.0   (0.12) 32.8   (0.14) 31.7   (0.14) 25.5   (0.17) 16.4   (0.14) 9.1   (0.11)
Fringe 100.0 (†) 8.3   (0.15) 91.7   (0.15) 29.1   (0.22) 30.8   (0.23) 31.8   (0.28) 19.9   (0.22) 11.9   (0.16)
Distant 100.0 (†) 11.6   (0.18) 88.4   (0.18) 36.9   (0.21) 32.5   (0.21) 19.0   (0.21) 12.9   (0.16) 6.2   (0.13)
Remote 100.0 (†) 12.3   (0.26) 87.7   (0.26) 36.0   (0.43) 33.5   (0.39) 18.2   (0.37) 12.4   (0.34) 5.8   (0.22)

 Ages 55 to 64
100.0 (†) 11.5   (0.06) 88.5   (0.06) 29.1   (0.08) 30.1   (0.07) 29.3   (0.07) 17.8   (0.06) 11.5   (0.05)
City 100.0 (†) 14.7   (0.12) 85.3   (0.12) 25.5   (0.14) 28.6   (0.13) 31.2   (0.15) 18.5   (0.12) 12.7   (0.10)
Large 100.0 (†) 17.2   (0.16) 82.8   (0.16) 25.2   (0.18) 27.0   (0.18) 30.6   (0.19) 18.0   (0.16) 12.6   (0.14)
Midsize 100.0 (†) 12.3   (0.25) 87.8   (0.25) 25.1   (0.31) 30.8   (0.30) 31.8   (0.27) 19.3   (0.23) 12.6   (0.20)
Small 100.0 (†) 10.8   (0.22) 89.2   (0.22) 26.6   (0.26) 30.5   (0.31) 32.0   (0.33) 18.8   (0.28) 13.2   (0.22)
Suburban 100.0 (†) 9.4   (0.07) 90.6   (0.07) 26.4   (0.13) 30.2   (0.11) 34.0   (0.13) 20.7   (0.11) 13.4   (0.09)
Large 100.0 (†) 9.3   (0.08) 90.7   (0.08) 25.8   (0.14) 29.7   (0.13) 35.2   (0.13) 21.4   (0.12) 13.8   (0.10)
Midsize 100.0 (†) 9.4   (0.26) 90.6   (0.26) 28.7   (0.36) 34.0   (0.43) 27.9   (0.32) 17.1   (0.26) 10.8   (0.25)
Small 100.0 (†) 10.3   (0.35) 89.7   (0.35) 30.5   (0.46) 32.0   (0.52) 27.2   (0.51) 16.5   (0.39) 10.7   (0.30)
Town 100.0 (†) 13.5   (0.21) 86.5   (0.21) 34.4   (0.21) 31.7   (0.19) 20.3   (0.20) 12.8   (0.15) 7.5   (0.13)
Fringe 100.0 (†) 12.2   (0.36) 87.8   (0.36) 33.2   (0.40) 31.4   (0.46) 23.2   (0.40) 14.7   (0.32) 8.5   (0.25)
Distant 100.0 (†) 14.5   (0.30) 85.5   (0.30) 35.9   (0.37) 30.9   (0.29) 18.7   (0.32) 11.6   (0.23) 7.0   (0.19)
Remote 100.0 (†) 13.2   (0.39) 86.8   (0.39) 33.1   (0.39) 33.4   (0.41) 20.3   (0.44) 12.9   (0.33) 7.4   (0.28)
Rural 100.0 (†) 10.5   (0.11) 89.5   (0.11) 36.5   (0.16) 31.0   (0.16) 22.0   (0.13) 13.7   (0.10) 8.3   (0.08)
Fringe 100.0 (†) 8.9   (0.14) 91.1   (0.14) 33.3   (0.21) 31.2   (0.24) 26.6   (0.21) 16.3   (0.17) 10.3   (0.13)
Distant 100.0 (†) 12.1   (0.18) 87.9   (0.18) 39.7   (0.25) 30.6   (0.25) 17.6   (0.20) 11.3   (0.14) 6.4   (0.11)
Remote 100.0 (†) 12.2   (0.27) 87.9   (0.27) 39.4   (0.42) 31.8   (0.37) 16.7   (0.28) 10.9   (0.23) 5.8   (0.17)

 Age 65 and over
100.0 (†) 14.9   (0.05) 85.1   (0.05) 30.8   (0.06) 26.1   (0.06) 28.2   (0.06) 15.5   (0.05) 12.7   (0.04)
City 100.0 (†) 17.6   (0.10) 82.5   (0.10) 26.3   (0.09) 25.0   (0.11) 31.2   (0.10) 16.6   (0.09) 14.5   (0.09)
Large 100.0 (†) 20.9   (0.15) 79.1   (0.15) 25.3   (0.14) 23.5   (0.15) 30.3   (0.13) 16.0   (0.13) 14.4   (0.12)
Midsize 100.0 (†) 14.5   (0.18) 85.5   (0.18) 26.7   (0.27) 27.1   (0.23) 31.7   (0.26) 17.4   (0.22) 14.4   (0.18)
Small 100.0 (†) 13.2   (0.19) 86.8   (0.19) 28.0   (0.22) 26.4   (0.23) 32.4   (0.20) 17.4   (0.18) 15.0   (0.18)
Suburban 100.0 (†) 13.0   (0.08) 87.0   (0.08) 29.4   (0.09) 26.4   (0.10) 31.2   (0.10) 17.1   (0.08) 14.0   (0.07)
Large 100.0 (†) 13.0   (0.08) 87.0   (0.08) 28.9   (0.10) 26.1   (0.11) 32.0   (0.11) 17.5   (0.09) 14.5   (0.08)
Midsize 100.0 (†) 12.9   (0.26) 87.1   (0.26) 31.6   (0.35) 28.4   (0.31) 27.1   (0.35) 15.4   (0.26) 11.7   (0.22)
Small 100.0 (†) 12.5   (0.34) 87.5   (0.34) 33.0   (0.39) 27.5   (0.42) 27.0   (0.42) 15.2   (0.32) 11.8   (0.30)
Town 100.0 (†) 15.9   (0.17) 84.1   (0.17) 35.2   (0.21) 27.1   (0.19) 21.8   (0.21) 12.3   (0.14) 9.5   (0.15)
Fringe 100.0 (†) 13.9   (0.35) 86.2   (0.35) 33.8   (0.43) 28.2   (0.38) 24.2   (0.42) 13.7   (0.33) 10.6   (0.27)
Distant 100.0 (†) 16.8   (0.21) 83.2   (0.21) 37.2   (0.27) 25.7   (0.27) 20.4   (0.25) 11.5   (0.19) 8.9   (0.21)
Remote 100.0 (†) 16.2   (0.33) 83.8   (0.33) 33.1   (0.36) 28.6   (0.35) 22.1   (0.38) 12.4   (0.29) 9.6   (0.28)
Rural 100.0 (†) 14.5   (0.11) 85.5   (0.11) 36.7   (0.12) 26.6   (0.10) 22.3   (0.11) 12.6   (0.10) 9.7   (0.07)
Fringe 100.0 (†) 12.4   (0.14) 87.6   (0.14) 34.4   (0.19) 27.0   (0.17) 26.3   (0.21) 14.6   (0.17) 11.7   (0.13)
Distant 100.0 (†) 16.4   (0.19) 83.6   (0.19) 39.2   (0.20) 25.8   (0.17) 18.6   (0.14) 10.7   (0.11) 7.9   (0.11)
Remote 100.0 (†) 16.2   (0.21) 83.8   (0.21) 37.5   (0.30) 27.5   (0.26) 18.8   (0.24) 11.4   (0.21) 7.5   (0.14)
†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 Education Tabulation (ACS-ED), 2018, Custom Tabulated Data File. (This table was prepared April 2020.)

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