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

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

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

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Didn't complete high schoolHigh school graduateSome college or associate degreeBachelor's degree or higher
194064%22%7%6%
195051%34%10%6%
196042%36%11%11%
197026%44%14%16%
198015%40%22%24%
199014%41%22%24%
200012%31%28%29%
200912%28%28%32%
Didn't complete high schoolHigh school graduateSome college or associate degreeBachelor's degree or higher
194064%22%7%6%
195051%34%10%6%
196042%36%11%11%
197026%44%14%16%
198015%40%22%24%
199014%41%22%24%
200012%31%28%29%
200912%28%28%32%
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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.
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Release date
September 2010
Region
United States
Survey time period
1940 to 2009
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