U.S. Educational Attainment Statistics
Understanding the educational attainment of the United States’ population can help officials allocate resources and attract certain businesses and industries to the region. The American Community Survey (ACS), conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, publishes detailed estimated on educational attainment in the United States. Educational attainment refers to the highest grade level or degree that an individual has completed. (The data shown here only includes the population age 25 and over.)
Unlike the Census—which is an exact count of people and households every ten years—ACS statistics are estimated based on a representative survey sample.
What is the distribution of educational attainment in the United States?
Note: Use the time-slider beneath the chart to see data from different periods.
What is the highest level of schooling Americans have reached?
About the Data
Data is from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS), 1-year estimates. The population considered in this report only includes people age 25 and older. The following tables are used:
• Educational Attainment: Table S1501
• High School and Above: Table B15003
• Less than High School: Table B15003
This report uses the Census Bureau Data API but is not endorsed or certified by the Census Bureau.