Educational Attainment of the U.S. Population

Educational attainment measures the highest credential earned by an individual, at a specific point in time (e.g., a given year). Between 1997 and 2017, overall educational attainment for the U.S. population ages 25 and older increased as more of the population enrolled in and completed some level of postsecondary education.

Educational Attainment of Adults Ages 25 and Older: 1997 and 2017


U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, 1997 and 2017

In 1997, the only racial demographic categories reported were: Hispanic; White; Black; American Indian, Eskimo, or Aleut; and Asian or Pacific Islander.