Rate of educational attainment in the U.S., 1940 to 2009

This statistic shows the rate of educational attainment amongst 25 to 34 year olds in the United States each decade from 1940 to 2009. In 1940, 64 percent of 25 to 34 year olds didn't complete high school. In 2009, the share of people who didn't finish high school was down to 12 percent.

Highest level of educational attainment for 25 to 34 year olds in the United States, from 1940 to 2009

Didn't complete high schoolHigh school graduateSome college or associate degreeBachelor's degree or higher
200912%28%28%32%
200012%31%28%29%
199014%41%22%24%
198015%40%22%24%
197026%44%14%16%
196042%36%11%11%
195051%34%10%6%
194064%22%7%6%
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Source

Release date

September 2010

Region

United States

Survey time period

1940 to 2009

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