Attainment Levels

About this Indicator

In order to meet future workforce demands, many states have set ambitious goals to improve the educational attainment of their residents. Progress has been made towards raising educational attainment across the country, as the percentage of adults with at least an associate degree has increased over the past few decades. (Data on postsecondary certificate attainment are currently limited, but some analyses indicate that accounting for educational certificates would increase the postsecondary attainment rate by two to four percentage points.)

This measure shows the percentages of adults aged 25-64 who have completed some college, an associate degree, or a bachelor’s degree or higher. The subbacalaureate certificate attainment rate is measured for 2016 and after.

Data Source

U.S. Census Bureau. American Community Survey. 1990 Census, 2000 Census, 2010 ACS Three-Year Estimates, 2016 ACS One-Year Estimates. Lumina Foundation. A Stronger Nation: Learning Beyond High School Builds American Talent.