Monday, January 20, 2014

The Typical American, Education

The American Community Survey collects data on educational attainment.  Among Americans aged 25 years and older:

86% have a high school diploma or higher (includes equivalencies such as a GED). 

57.5% of Americans 25 and older have attended college.  

28.5% -or roughly 1 in 3.5- have a Bachelor’s degree or higher.

So like the majority of Americans, Jennifer, our Typical American, graduated high school.  Like the plurality of Americans however, she did not attend college.  If you have a college degree, you are among an elite minority in the United States in terms of educational attainment.

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