December 11, 2018

More Young Adults Earning Postsecondary Degrees in United States

Nationwide, the proportion of teens who are neither in school nor high school graduates has fallen. This rate, which applies to youth between the ages of 16 and 19, fell from 11% in 2000 to just 4% in 2017.

Another positive trend: The proportion of 25- to 34-year-olds who hold at least a bachelor’s degree has risen. In 2000, 29% of individuals in this age range had earned a bachelor’s degree or higher. This rate climbed to 31% by 2010 and 36% by 2017.

Such clear gains in educational attainment are encouraging. They’re also necessary, because the work of the future is expected to involve increasingly higher levels of skills, knowledge and training.

National and State Education Data in the KIDS COUNT Data Center