Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Women Surpass Men in Educational Attainment

The educational attainment of American women surpasses that of American men, according to the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. In 2015, the percentage of women aged 25 or older with a bachelor's degree or more education climbed to 32.7 percent. Among men, the figure was 32.3 percent. Although the difference is small, it will grow in the years ahead as well educated younger women replace much less educated older women in the population. Here is the percentage of men and women with a bachelor's degree by age group (and the percentage point difference between women and men)...

Aged 25 to 34 (+6.2 percentage points)
Women: 39.2%
Men: 33.0%

Aged 35 to 44 (+5.6 percentage points)
Women: 39.0%
Men: 33.4%

Aged 45 to 54 (+1.8 percentage points)
Women: 34.0%
Men: 32.2%

Aged 55 to 64 (-0.4 percentage points)
Women: 30.7%
Men: 31.1%

Aged 65 or older (-9.3 percentage points)
Women: 22.5%
Men: 31.8%

Source: Census Bureau, Income and Poverty in the United States: 2014

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