Hispanic Bachelor's Degree Attainment Increases 80 Percent, Census Bureau Reports

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Hispanic Bachelor's Degree Attainment Increases 80 Percent, Census Bureau Reports


WASHINGTON. U.C.

In March 2011, for the first time ever, more than 30 percent of U.S. adults 25 and older had at least a bachelor's degree, the U.S. Census Bureau reported in February. As recently as 1998, fewer than one-quarter of people this age had this level of education.

From 2001 to 2011, the number of Hispanics with a bachelor's or higher educational degree increased 80 percent from 2.1 million to 3.8 million. The percentage of Hispanics with a bachelor's or higher educational degree increased from 11.1 percent in 2001 to 14.1 percent in 2011. Overall, the increase in the proportion of the population with a bachelor's degree or higher went from 26.2 percent to 30.4 percent.

"This is an important milestone in our history," Census Bureau Director Robert Groves said. "For many people, education is a sure path to a prosperous life. The more education people have the more likely they are to have a job and earn more money, particularly for individuals who hold a bachelor's degree."

This information comes from Educational Attainment in the United States: 2011, a collection of national-level tables from the Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS ASEC). These tables present statistics on the levels of education achieved by various demographic characteristics, as well as changes over time. Historical tables go back to the late 1940s, when the CPS first began collecting data on attainment. …

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