Magazine article Insight on the News

Trial Survey Is Smarter

Magazine article Insight on the News

Trial Survey Is Smarter

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More Americans than ever before hold high-school diplomas and college degrees.

Increasingly, Americans are well-educated, according to the Census 2000 Supplementary Survey, a trial for a proposed ongoing study designed to provide detailed data annually, instead of every decade, for use by the business community and policymakers.

The trial report reveals that 82 percent of Americans age 25 and older have graduated from high school, up from 75.2 percent a decade ago. One-quarter of the people in that age group have at least a bachelor's degree, up from 20.3 percent in 1990.

The supplemental survey is the largest survey the Census Bureau has conducted outside the census itself, producing figures for the nation as a whole, for the 50 states and for the District of Columbia. The district, with more than 41 percent of residents 25 and older holding a bachelor's degree or better, is tops in the nation. …

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