Percentage of the U.S. population who have completed four years of college or more from 1940 to 2017, by gender

Percentage of the U.S. population with a college degree 1940-2017, by gender This graph shows the percentage of the United States' population who have completed four years of college or more from 1940 to 2017, by gender. In 2017, around 34.6 percent of women graduated college or obtained a higher educational degree. Compared to 1940, more than 8 times more women have attended college and nearly 6 times more men have in 2017.
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YearMaleFemale
1940 5.5%3.8%
1947 6.2%4.7%
1950 7.3%5.2%
1952 8.3%5.8%
1957 9.6%5.8%
1959 10.3%6%
1962 11.4%6.7%
1964 11.7%6.8%
1965 12%7.1%
1966 12.5%7.4%
1967 12.8%7.6%
1968 13.3%8%
1969 13.6%8.1%
1970 14.1%8.2%
1971 14.6%8.5%
1972 15.4%9%
1973 16%9.6%
1974 16.9%10.1%
1975 17.6%10.6%
1976 18.6%11.3%
1977 19.2%12%
1978 19.7%12.2%
1979 20.4%12.9%
1980 20.9%13.6%
1981 21.1%13.4%
1982 21.9%14%
1983 23%15.1%
1984 22.9%15.7%
1985 23.1%16%
1986 23.2%16.1%
1987 23.6%16.5%
1988 24%17%
1989 24.5%18.1%
1990 24.4%18.4%
1991 24.3%18.8%
1992 24.3%18.6%
1993 24.8%19.2%
1994 25.1%19.6%
1995 26%20.2%
1996 26%21.4%
1997 26.2%21.7%
1998 26.5%22.4%
1999 27.5%23.1%
200027.8%23.6%
200128.2%24.3%
200228.5%25.1%
200328.9%25.7%
200429.4%26.1%
200528.9%26.5%
200629.2%26.9%
200729.5%28%
200830.1%28.8%
200930.1%29.1%
201030.3%29.6%
201130.8%30.1%
201231.4%30.6%
201332%31.4%
201431.9%32%
201532.3%32.7%
201633.2%33.7%
201733.7%34.6%
YearMaleFemale
1940 5.5%3.8%
1947 6.2%4.7%
1950 7.3%5.2%
1952 8.3%5.8%
1957 9.6%5.8%
1959 10.3%6%
1962 11.4%6.7%
1964 11.7%6.8%
1965 12%7.1%
1966 12.5%7.4%
1967 12.8%7.6%
1968 13.3%8%
1969 13.6%8.1%
1970 14.1%8.2%
1971 14.6%8.5%
1972 15.4%9%
1973 16%9.6%
1974 16.9%10.1%
1975 17.6%10.6%
1976 18.6%11.3%
1977 19.2%12%
1978 19.7%12.2%
1979 20.4%12.9%
1980 20.9%13.6%
1981 21.1%13.4%
1982 21.9%14%
1983 23%15.1%
1984 22.9%15.7%
1985 23.1%16%
1986 23.2%16.1%
1987 23.6%16.5%
1988 24%17%
1989 24.5%18.1%
1990 24.4%18.4%
1991 24.3%18.8%
1992 24.3%18.6%
1993 24.8%19.2%
1994 25.1%19.6%
1995 26%20.2%
1996 26%21.4%
1997 26.2%21.7%
1998 26.5%22.4%
1999 27.5%23.1%
200027.8%23.6%
200128.2%24.3%
200228.5%25.1%
200328.9%25.7%
200429.4%26.1%
200528.9%26.5%
200629.2%26.9%
200729.5%28%
200830.1%28.8%
200930.1%29.1%
201030.3%29.6%
201130.8%30.1%
201231.4%30.6%
201332%31.4%
201431.9%32%
201532.3%32.7%
201633.2%33.7%
201733.7%34.6%
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This graph shows the percentage of the United States' population who have completed four years of college or more from 1940 to 2017, by gender. In 2017, around 34.6 percent of women graduated college or obtained a higher educational degree. Compared to 1940, more than 8 times more women have attended college and nearly 6 times more men have in 2017.
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Release date
December 2017
Region
United States
Survey time period
1940-2017
Age group
25 years and older

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