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Table 219.70. Percentage of high school dropouts among persons 16 to 24 years old (status dropout rate), by sex and race/ethnicity: Selected years, 1960 through 2019
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
Year Total Male Female
All races/
ethnic-
ities1
White Black Hispanic All races/
ethnic-
ities1
White Black Hispanic All races/
ethnic-
ities1
White Black Hispanic
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
19602 27.2 (---) --- (†) --- (†) --- (†) 27.8 (---) --- (†) --- (†) --- (†) 26.7 (---) --- (†) --- (†) --- (†)
19673 17.0 (---) 15.4 (---) 28.6 (---) --- (†) 16.5 (---) 14.7 (---) 30.6 (---) --- (†) 17.3 (---) 16.1 (---) 26.9 (---) --- (†)
19683 16.2 (---) 14.7 (---) 27.4 (---) --- (†) 15.8 (---) 14.4 (---) 27.1 (---) --- (†) 16.5 (---) 15.0 (---) 27.6 (---) --- (†)
19693 15.2 (---) 13.6 (---) 26.7 (---) --- (†) 14.3 (---) 12.6 (---) 26.9 (---) --- (†) 16.0 (---) 14.6 (---) 26.7 (---) --- (†)

19703
15.0 (0.30) 13.2 (0.30) 27.9 (1.25) --- (†) 14.2 (0.42) 12.2 (0.43) 29.4 (1.87) --- (†) 15.7 (0.42) 14.1 (0.43) 26.6 (1.69) --- (†)
19713 14.7 (0.29) 13.4 (0.30) 24.0 (1.17) --- (†) 14.2 (0.41) 12.6 (0.42) 25.5 (1.74) --- (†) 15.2 (0.41) 14.2 (0.42) 22.6 (1.58) --- (†)
1972 14.6 (0.28) 12.3 (0.29) 21.3 (1.09) 34.3 (2.93) 14.1 (0.40) 11.6 (0.41) 22.3 (1.63) 33.7 (4.26) 15.1 (0.40) 12.8 (0.42) 20.5 (1.48) 34.8 (4.03)
1973 14.1 (0.28) 11.6 (0.28) 22.2 (1.09) 33.5 (2.96) 13.7 (0.39) 11.5 (0.40) 21.5 (1.57) 30.4 (4.17) 14.5 (0.39) 11.8 (0.40) 22.8 (1.51) 36.4 (4.18)
1974 14.3 (0.28) 11.9 (0.28) 21.2 (1.07) 33.0 (2.74) 14.2 (0.39) 12.0 (0.41) 20.1 (1.55) 33.8 (3.94) 14.3 (0.39) 11.8 (0.40) 22.1 (1.49) 32.2 (3.82)

1975
13.9 (0.27) 11.4 (0.28) 22.9 (1.08) 29.2 (2.67) 13.3 (0.38) 11.0 (0.39) 23.0 (1.60) 26.7 (3.75) 14.5 (0.38) 11.8 (0.39) 22.9 (1.48) 31.6 (3.78)
1976 14.1 (0.27) 12.0 (0.28) 20.5 (1.03) 31.4 (2.66) 14.1 (0.39) 12.1 (0.40) 21.2 (1.53) 30.3 (3.88) 14.2 (0.38) 11.8 (0.39) 19.9 (1.39) 32.3 (3.64)
1977 14.1 (0.27) 11.9 (0.28) 19.8 (1.00) 33.0 (2.65) 14.5 (0.39) 12.6 (0.41) 19.5 (1.47) 31.6 (3.79) 13.8 (0.37) 11.2 (0.38) 20.0 (1.38) 34.3 (3.71)
1978 14.2 (0.27) 11.9 (0.28) 20.2 (1.01) 33.3 (2.62) 14.6 (0.39) 12.2 (0.40) 22.5 (1.54) 33.6 (3.77) 13.9 (0.37) 11.6 (0.39) 18.3 (1.32) 33.1 (3.65)
1979 14.6 (0.27) 12.0 (0.28) 21.1 (1.02) 33.8 (2.60) 15.0 (0.39) 12.6 (0.40) 22.4 (1.53) 33.0 (3.71) 14.2 (0.37) 11.5 (0.39) 20.0 (1.36) 34.5 (3.63)

1980
14.1 (0.27) 11.4 (0.27) 19.1 (0.98) 35.2 (2.47) 15.1 (0.39) 12.3 (0.40) 20.8 (1.48) 37.2 (3.57) 13.1 (0.36) 10.5 (0.37) 17.7 (1.29) 33.2 (3.42)
1981 13.9 (0.26) 11.3 (0.27) 18.4 (0.94) 33.2 (2.36) 15.1 (0.39) 12.5 (0.40) 19.9 (1.41) 36.0 (3.42) 12.8 (0.35) 10.2 (0.37) 17.1 (1.25) 30.4 (3.25)
1982 13.9 (0.28) 11.4 (0.29) 18.4 (0.99) 31.7 (2.51) 14.5 (0.40) 12.0 (0.43) 21.2 (1.52) 30.5 (3.57) 13.3 (0.38) 10.8 (0.40) 15.9 (1.28) 32.8 (3.53)
1983 13.7 (0.28) 11.1 (0.29) 18.0 (0.98) 31.6 (2.51) 14.9 (0.41) 12.2 (0.43) 19.9 (1.48) 34.3 (3.71) 12.5 (0.38) 10.1 (0.40) 16.2 (1.30) 29.1 (3.41)
1984 13.1 (0.28) 11.0 (0.29) 15.5 (0.93) 29.8 (2.49) 14.0 (0.41) 11.9 (0.43) 16.8 (1.39) 30.6 (3.62) 12.3 (0.38) 10.1 (0.40) 14.3 (1.24) 29.0 (3.42)

1985
12.6 (0.28) 10.4 (0.29) 15.2 (0.93) 27.6 (1.93) 13.4 (0.40) 11.1 (0.43) 16.1 (1.39) 29.9 (2.77) 11.8 (0.37) 9.8 (0.40) 14.3 (1.25) 25.2 (2.68)
1986 12.2 (0.27) 9.7 (0.29) 14.2 (0.91) 30.1 (1.88) 13.1 (0.40) 10.3 (0.42) 15.0 (1.36) 32.8 (2.67) 11.4 (0.37) 9.1 (0.39) 13.5 (1.23) 27.2 (2.64)
1987 12.6 (0.28) 10.4 (0.30) 14.1 (0.92) 28.6 (1.85) 13.2 (0.41) 10.8 (0.43) 15.0 (1.37) 29.1 (2.58) 12.1 (0.39) 10.0 (0.41) 13.3 (1.23) 28.1 (2.65)
1988 12.9 (0.31) 9.6 (0.32) 14.5 (1.01) 35.8 (2.17) 13.5 (0.45) 10.3 (0.47) 15.0 (1.50) 36.0 (3.02) 12.2 (0.42) 8.9 (0.43) 14.0 (1.38) 35.4 (3.13)
1989 12.6 (0.30) 9.4 (0.31) 13.9 (0.94) 33.0 (1.92) 13.6 (0.43) 10.3 (0.45) 14.9 (1.41) 34.4 (2.70) 11.7 (0.40) 8.5 (0.41) 13.0 (1.27) 31.6 (2.73)

1990
12.1 (0.29) 9.0 (0.30) 13.2 (0.94) 32.4 (1.91) 12.3 (0.42) 9.3 (0.44) 11.9 (1.30) 34.3 (2.71) 11.8 (0.41) 8.7 (0.42) 14.4 (1.34) 30.3 (2.70)
1991 12.5 (0.30) 8.9 (0.31) 13.6 (0.95) 35.3 (1.93) 13.0 (0.43) 8.9 (0.44) 13.5 (1.37) 39.2 (2.74) 11.9 (0.41) 8.9 (0.43) 13.7 (1.31) 31.1 (2.70)
19924 11.0 (0.28) 7.7 (0.29) 13.7 (0.95) 29.4 (1.86) 11.3 (0.41) 8.0 (0.42) 12.5 (1.31) 32.1 (2.67) 10.7 (0.39) 7.4 (0.40) 14.8 (1.35) 26.6 (2.56)
19934 11.0 (0.28) 7.9 (0.29) 13.6 (0.94) 27.5 (1.79) 11.2 (0.40) 8.2 (0.42) 12.6 (1.32) 28.1 (2.54) 10.9 (0.40) 7.6 (0.41) 14.4 (1.34) 26.9 (2.51)
19944 11.4 (0.28) 7.7 (0.29) 12.6 (0.89) 30.0 (1.66) 12.3 (0.41) 8.0 (0.41) 14.1 (1.34) 31.6 (2.30) 10.6 (0.38) 7.5 (0.40) 11.3 (1.17) 28.1 (2.38)

19954
12.0 (0.27) 8.6 (0.28) 12.1 (0.75) 30.0 (1.15) 12.2 (0.38) 9.0 (0.40) 11.1 (1.05) 30.0 (1.59) 11.7 (0.37) 8.2 (0.39) 12.9 (1.06) 30.0 (1.66)
19964 11.1 (0.27) 7.3 (0.27) 13.0 (0.80) 29.4 (1.19) 11.4 (0.38) 7.3 (0.38) 13.5 (1.18) 30.3 (1.67) 10.9 (0.38) 7.3 (0.39) 12.5 (1.08) 28.3 (1.69)
19974 11.0 (0.27) 7.6 (0.28) 13.4 (0.80) 25.3 (1.11) 11.9 (0.39) 8.5 (0.41) 13.3 (1.16) 27.0 (1.55) 10.1 (0.36) 6.7 (0.37) 13.5 (1.11) 23.4 (1.59)
19984 11.8 (0.27) 7.7 (0.28) 13.8 (0.81) 29.5 (1.12) 13.3 (0.40) 8.6 (0.41) 15.5 (1.23) 33.5 (1.59) 10.3 (0.36) 6.9 (0.37) 12.2 (1.05) 25.0 (1.56)
19994 11.2 (0.26) 7.3 (0.27) 12.6 (0.77) 28.6 (1.11) 11.9 (0.38) 7.7 (0.39) 12.1 (1.10) 31.0 (1.58) 10.5 (0.36) 6.9 (0.37) 13.0 (1.08) 26.0 (1.54)

20004
10.9 (0.26) 6.9 (0.26) 13.1 (0.78) 27.8 (1.08) 12.0 (0.38) 7.0 (0.37) 15.3 (1.20) 31.8 (1.56) 9.9 (0.35) 6.9 (0.37) 11.1 (1.00) 23.5 (1.48)
20014 10.7 (0.24) 7.3 (0.25) 10.9 (0.68) 27.0 (1.01) 12.2 (0.36) 7.9 (0.37) 13.0 (1.06) 31.6 (1.47) 9.3 (0.32) 6.7 (0.34) 9.0 (0.86) 22.1 (1.35)
20024 10.5 (0.24) 6.5 (0.24) 11.3 (0.70) 25.7 (0.93) 11.8 (0.35) 6.7 (0.35) 12.8 (1.07) 29.6 (1.32) 9.2 (0.32) 6.3 (0.34) 9.9 (0.91) 21.2 (1.27)
20034,5 9.9 (0.23) 6.3 (0.24) 10.9 (0.69) 23.5 (0.90) 11.3 (0.34) 7.1 (0.35) 12.5 (1.05) 26.7 (1.29) 8.4 (0.30) 5.6 (0.32) 9.5 (0.89) 20.1 (1.23)
20044,5 10.3 (0.23) 6.8 (0.24) 11.8 (0.70) 23.8 (0.89) 11.6 (0.34) 7.1 (0.35) 13.5 (1.08) 28.5 (1.30) 9.0 (0.31) 6.4 (0.34) 10.2 (0.92) 18.5 (1.18)

20054,5
9.4 (0.22) 6.0 (0.23) 10.4 (0.66) 22.4 (0.87) 10.8 (0.33) 6.6 (0.34) 12.0 (1.02) 26.4 (1.26) 8.0 (0.29) 5.3 (0.31) 9.0 (0.86) 18.1 (1.16)
20064,5 9.3 (0.22) 5.8 (0.23) 10.7 (0.66) 22.1 (0.86) 10.3 (0.33) 6.4 (0.33) 9.7 (0.91) 25.7 (1.25) 8.3 (0.30) 5.3 (0.31) 11.7 (0.96) 18.1 (1.15)
20074,5 8.7 (0.21) 5.3 (0.22) 8.4 (0.59) 21.4 (0.83) 9.8 (0.32) 6.0 (0.32) 8.0 (0.82) 24.7 (1.22) 7.7 (0.29) 4.5 (0.28) 8.8 (0.84) 18.0 (1.13)
20084,5 8.0 (0.20) 4.8 (0.21) 9.9 (0.63) 18.3 (0.78) 8.5 (0.30) 5.4 (0.30) 8.7 (0.85) 19.9 (1.12) 7.5 (0.28) 4.2 (0.28) 11.1 (0.93) 16.7 (1.08)
20094,5 8.1 (0.20) 5.2 (0.21) 9.3 (0.61) 17.6 (0.76) 9.1 (0.31) 6.3 (0.33) 10.6 (0.93) 19.0 (1.10) 7.0 (0.27) 4.1 (0.27) 8.1 (0.80) 16.1 (1.06)

20104,5
7.4 (0.27) 5.1 (0.30) 8.0 (0.76) 15.1 (0.87) 8.5 (0.40) 5.9 (0.42) 9.5 (1.11) 17.3 (1.24) 6.3 (0.28) 4.2 (0.35) 6.7 (0.85) 12.8 (0.97)
20114,5 7.1 (0.26) 5.0 (0.31) 7.3 (0.67) 13.6 (0.78) 7.7 (0.36) 5.4 (0.41) 8.3 (0.98) 14.6 (1.09) 6.5 (0.34) 4.6 (0.38) 6.4 (0.94) 12.4 (0.97)
20124,5 6.6 (0.25) 4.3 (0.31) 7.5 (0.76) 12.7 (0.72) 7.3 (0.36) 4.8 (0.40) 8.1 (1.15) 13.9 (1.04) 5.9 (0.33) 3.8 (0.37) 7.0 (1.01) 11.3 (1.00)
20134,5 6.8 (0.28) 5.1 (0.31) 7.3 (0.87) 11.7 (0.74) 7.2 (0.37) 5.5 (0.39) 8.2 (1.11) 12.6 (1.01) 6.3 (0.34) 4.7 (0.36) 6.6 (1.07) 10.8 (0.98)
20144,5 6.5 (0.25) 5.2 (0.32) 7.4 (0.74) 10.6 (0.68) 7.1 (0.37) 5.7 (0.42) 7.1 (1.02) 11.8 (1.04) 5.9 (0.29) 4.8 (0.41) 7.7 (1.02) 9.3 (0.84)

20154,5
5.9 (0.26) 4.6 (0.29) 6.5 (0.70) 9.2 (0.71) 6.3 (0.37) 5.0 (0.40) 6.4 (1.04) 9.9 (0.93) 5.4 (0.33) 4.1 (0.37) 6.5 (0.98) 8.4 (0.97)
20164,5 6.1 (0.27) 5.2 (0.31) 6.2 (0.80) 8.6 (0.64) 7.1 (0.38) 5.8 (0.42) 8.2 (1.22) 10.1 (1.06) 5.1 (0.31) 4.6 (0.39) 4.3 (0.84) 7.0 (0.76)
20174,5 5.8 (0.26) 4.6 (0.30) 5.7 (0.66) 9.5 (0.67) 6.6 (0.36) 5.0 (0.43) 7.0 (1.08) 11.5 (0.95) 5.0 (0.31) 4.3 (0.36) 4.4 (0.78) 7.4 (0.83)
20184,5 5.7 (0.27) 4.5 (0.29) 5.8 (0.74) 9.0 (0.69) 6.3 (0.35) 5.1 (0.42) 6.0 (0.92) 10.4 (0.93) 5.1 (0.34) 3.8 (0.38) 5.6 (1.04) 7.5 (0.83)
20194,5 5.2 (0.23) 4.5 (0.33) 5.6 (0.67) 7.5 (0.61) 5.9 (0.34) 5.3 (0.45) 6.6 (1.07) 7.8 (0.80) 4.6 (0.31) 3.8 (0.39) 4.6 (0.83) 7.1 (0.83)
---Not available.
†Not applicable.
1 Includes other racial/ethnic groups not separately shown.
2 Based on the April 1960 decennial census.
3 For 1967 through 1971, White and Black include persons of Hispanic ethnicity.
4 Because of changes in data collection procedures, data may not be comparable with figures for years prior to 1992.
5 After 2002, White and Black exclude persons of Two or more races.
NOTE: Status dropouts are 16- to 24-year-olds who are not enrolled in school and who have not completed a high school program, regardless of when they left school. People who have received equivalency credentials, such as the GED, are counted as high school completers. All data except for 1960 are based on October counts. Data are based on sample surveys of the civilian noninstitutionalized population, which excludes persons in the military and persons living in institutions (e.g., prisons or nursing facilities). Prior to 2010, standard errors were computed using generalized variance function methodology rather than the more precise replicate weight methodology used in later years. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity except where otherwise noted.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Decennial Census, 1960; Current Population Survey (CPS), October, 1967 through 2019. (This table was prepared January 2021.)

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