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Seattle Residents Among Nation’s Most Educated
With nearly half its population 25 years and older having at least a bachelor’s degree, Seattle has one of the highest rates of college education among large U.S. cities, according to a ranking of American Community Survey (ACS) data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.
The new Census Bureau analysis of 2002
ACS data shows that 48.8 percent of Seattle’s
“With commencement ceremonies approaching, college seniors in this country should feel confident of their economic future,” Census Bureau Director Louis Kincannon said. “College graduates may expect to earn, on average, nearly $2.1 million in their lifetimes. That is nearly twice as much as those who have only high school diplomas.”
States with some of the highest percentages of college graduates were: Massachusetts (35.5 percent); Colorado (33.5 percent); Maryland (33.1 percent); Connecticut (32.9 percent); and Virginia (31.7 percent). Additionally, 42.5 percent of residents of the District of Columbia, a state equivalent, had bachelor’s degrees. (See Table 2.)
Of the 231 counties with populations of 250,000 or more surveyed by the ACS, three of the four with the highest percentages of college graduates were in the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, D.C.-Va.-Md.-W. Va., metro area: Howard County (58.2 percent) and Montgomery County (56.3 percent) in Maryland and Fairfax County (55.9 percent) in Virginia. Other counties with high rates were Boulder, Colo. (55.2 percent), New York, N.Y. (53.0 percent), Johnson, Kan. (48.5 percent), Collin, Texas (48.1 percent), and San Francisco, Calif. (47.8 percent). (See Table 3.)
Other survey highlights:
- The percentage of college graduates in the state of Washington (29.7 percent) is about 4 percentage points higher than the national rate.
- Six of the top 12 states with the highest percentages of college graduates were in the Northeast region (Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Vermont and New Hampshire).
- Six states with high percentages of college graduates (New Jersey,
Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Minnesota) also
were among states having the highest estimated median household income.
The new American Community Survey (ACS) is the cornerstone of the government’s effort to keep pace with the country’s ever-increasing demands for timely and relevant population and housing data. After it is fully implemented in July 2004, it will provide current demographic, housing, social and economic information about America’s communities every year — information previously available only once every 10 years.