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Educational Attainment by Sex, 1910–2010

(percent of population age 25 and older)

Year Both sexes Male Female
Less than
5 years of
elementary
school
High school
completion
or higher1
4 or
more
years of
college2
Less than
5 years of
elementary
school
High school
completion
or higher1
4 or
more
years of
college2
Less than
5 years of
elementary
school
High school
completion
or higher1
4 or
more
years of
college2
19103 23.8% 13.5% 2.7%
19203 22.0 16.4 3.3
19303 17.5 19.1 3.9
April 1940 13.7 24.5 4.6 15.1% 22.7% 5.5% 12.4% 26.3% 3.8%
April 1950 11.1 34.3 6.2 12.2 32.6 7.3 10.0 36.0 5.2
April 1960 8.3 41.1 7.7 9.4 39.5 9.7 7.4 42.5 5.8
March 1970 5.3 55.2 11.0 5.9 55.0 14.1 4.7 55.4 8.2
March 1980 3.4 68.6 17.0 3.6 69.2 20.9 3.2 68.1 13.6
March 1985 2.7 73.9 19.4
March 1990 2.5 77.6 21.3 2.7 77.7 24.4 2.2 77.5 18.4
March 1994 1.9 80.9 22.2 2.1 81.1 25.1 1.7 80.8 19.6
March 1995 1.9 81.7 23.0 2.0 81.7 26.0 1.7 81.6 20.2
March 1996 1.8 81.7 23.6 1.9 81.9 26.0 1.7 81.6 21.4
March 1997 1.7 82.1 23.9 1.8 82.0 26.2 1.6 82.2 21.7
March 1998 1.7 82.8 24.4 1.7 82.8 26.5 1.6 82.9 22.4
March 1999 1.6 83.4 25.2 1.6 83.5 27.5 1.6 83.4 23.1
March 2000 1.6 84.1 25.6 1.6 84.2 27.8 1.5 84.0 23.6
March 2001 1.6 84.3 26.1 1.6 84.4 28.0 1.5 84.2 24.3
March 2002 1.6 84.1 26.7 1.7 83.8 28.5 1.5 84.4 25.1
March 2004 1.5 85.2 27.7 1.7 84.8 29.4 1.4 85.4 26.1
March 2005 1.6 85.2 27.6 1.7 84.9 28.9 1.5 85.4 26.5
March 2006 1.5 85.5 28.0 1.6 84.9 29.2 1.5 85.9 26.9
March 2007 1.5 85.7 28.7 1.6 85.0 29.5 1.4 86.4 28.0
March 2009 1.4 84.6 29.5 1.4 83.9 30.1 1.4 85.2 29.1
2010 88.8 31.7 87.4 27.8 90.2 35.7
NOTE: (—) = not available.
1. Data for years prior to 1993 include all persons with at least 4 years of high school.
2. Data for 1993 and later years are for persons with a bachelor's degree or higher.
3. Estimates based on Bureau of the Census retrojection of 1940 Census data on education by age.
Source: Based on data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, U.S Census of Population, 1960, Vol. 1, part 1; Current Population Reports, Series P-20 and unpublished data; and 1960 Census Monograph, “Education of the American Population,” by John K. Folger and Charles B. Nam. From U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Digest of Education Statistics 2007, and U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, various years..

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