Births by Maternal Educational Attainment 2007-2016 in Connecticut

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Parental education strongly correlates with children’s academic achievement. Children of parents who lack a high school diploma may not have as strong a foundation when entering school, and may ultimately experience worse educational outcomes. Parental educational levels directly correlate with parental employment and earnings, and thus, overall economic security for the family. Children whose parents lack a high school diploma have also been found to have a higher risk of health problems, including being born with low birthweight.

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This indicator reports the percentage of women aged 15-50 who gave birth within the last 12 months by level of maternal educational attainment. The levels of educational attainment which this indicator reports are: less than a high school degree;  a high school degree or equivalent; some college or an Associate’s degree; and a Bachelor’s degree or higher. Note that this indicator does not capture the total number or percentage of births by maternal education in a given time period since the unit of analysis is restricted to women aged 15-50 who gave birth within the last 12 months at the time of responding to the American Community Survey.

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U.S. Census Bureau, 2006-2010, 2007-2011, 2008-2012, 2009-2013, 2010-2014, 2011-2015, 2012-2016, and 2013-2017 American Community Survey Estimates, Table B13014.


The total women aged 15-50 who gave birth within the last 12 months are summed for each level of maternal educational attainment. Births to women with a Bachelor’s degree and births to women with a graduate or professional degree are summed to calculate the total births to women with a Bachelor’s degree or higher. These totals are divided by the total number of women aged 15-50 who gave birth in the last 12 months. Counts of 6 or fewerexcluding zero and counts where the total number of births to women aged 15-50 was less than or equal to 20excluding zero were suppressed, as were percentages generated from suppressed counts.

a = percent derived from a suppressed count