Educational attainment in the U.S. from 1960 to 2018

This graph shows educational attainment distribution in the United States from 1960 to 2018. In 2018, about 35 percent of the U.S. population who were aged 25 and above had graduated from college or another higher education institution.

Educational attainment distribution in the United States from 1960 to 2018

YearHigh school graduate or moreCollege graduate or more
201889.8%35%
201789.6%34.2%
201689.1%33.4%
201588.4%32.5%
201488.3%32%
201388.2%31.7%
201287.6%30.9%
201187.6%30.4%
201087.1%29.9%
200986.7%29.5%
200886.6%29.4%
200785.7%28.7%
200685.5%28%
200585.2%27.7%
200485.2%27.7%
200384.6%27.2%
200284.1%26.7%
200184.1%26.2%
200084.1%25.6%
1999 83.4%25.2%
1998 82.8%24.4%
1997 82.1%23.9%
1996 81.7%23.6%
1995 81.7%23%
1994 80.9%22.2%
1993 80.2%21.9%
1992 79.4%21.4%
199178.4%21.4%
199077.6%21.3%
198573.9%19.4%
198066.5%16.2%
197562.5%13.9%
197052.3%10.7%
196549%9.4%
196041.1%7.7%
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Source

Release date

February 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

1960 to 2018

Age group

25 years and older

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