Sunday, January 27, 2013

Educational Attainment in 2012

During the Vietnam War, millions of young men went to college to avoid the draft. Consequently, older baby boomers became the best-educated Americans in history. Similar forces are at work today, but instead of the draft driving younger adults onto college campuses, it's the lingering effects of the Great Recession. Americans under age 45 are now more likely than older boomers (aged 55 to 64) to have a bachelor's degree.

Percent with bachelor's degree in 2012
Total, 25-plus: 30.9%
Aged 25-34: 34.1%
Aged 35-44: 34.7%
Aged 45-54: 30.5%
Aged 55-64: 31.2%
Aged 65-plus: 24.3%

Source: Census Bureau, Educational Attainment

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