EPI's weekly illustration of education data trends — December 2, 2015

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Education Attainment of US Individuals by Age Bracket (2014)


Data from the US Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) in 2014 illustrates the education attainment of individuals by age grouping. The orange bars depict individuals with an earned BA or higher and the blue bars high school or higher. These findings are self-reported via a monthly survey by the Census Bureau.

The percentage of indivuals with a high school degree or higher has remained largely constant for those in the 45-64, 35 to 44, and 25 to 34 year old brackets. The slightly lower percentage (86 percent) for the 18-24 year old population is defined in part by those students who have not yet graduated from high school by age 18.

With regard to BA or higher attainment, 34 percent of both the 25-34 and 35-44 brackets have an earned BA or higher, compared to 29 percent for the 45-64 year old bracket and 25 percent for the 65 and older bracket. It can be concluded that educational attainment in the US has largely plateaued for working-age population.

SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau, 2014 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates