Educational Attainment, by Race and Ethnicity
In 2017, more than four in 10 adults in the U.S. ages 25 and older had attained an associate degree or higher (44.4 percent), followed by 28.8 percent whose highest level of education was completing high school, 16.3 percent who had some college but no degree, and 10.4 percent who had less than a high school education. However, large differences in attainment exist at all levels by racial and ethnic groups.
Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education: A Status Report
Chapter One: Population Trends and Educational Attainment
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U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, 2017
Data for American Indians or Alaska Natives with professional and doctoral degrees should be interpreted with caution. Ratio of standard error to estimate is >30 percent but <50 percent.
Data for Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders with professional and doctoral degrees should be interpreted with caution. Ratio of standard error is >50 percent.