Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Colorado Leads Nation in % Adults with College Degrees

According to Census 2000 data, Colorado ranks highest in the percentage of adult population (25+) with a bachelor's degree. 21.6% of the population 25 years or older has a bachelor's degree, while the nation's average is 15.5%. Trailing Colorado are Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, and New Hampshire.

At the county level, three Colorado counties rank in the top 10 in the same category. Of the nation's 3,141 counties, Pitkin County leads the nation with 40% of its adult population having bachelor's degrees. San Miguel, Douglas, Summit, and Eagle Counties rank 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 7th, respectively. Gunnison, Boulder, and Routt Counties follow at 11th, 12, and 13th place.

For more data and ranking tables, visit States IN Profile and USA Counties IN Profile. See also the Government Publications Library's subject guide for Education.

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