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Postsecondary Attainment Rates

The share of adults in the Western U.S. with an associate degree or higher increased by five percentage points from 39% to 44% between 2009 and 2019, and the number of adults with a degree increased from 15 million to 18.4 million. Additionally, the number of adults with a high school diploma or lower level of education increased slightly (170,000) and the number of adults with some college, but no degree, decreased by 215,000.

Notes: Number of adults ages 25-64 with an associate degree or higher credential, as a percentage of total adults ages 25-64. Data not available for the U.S. Pacific Territories and Freely Associated States.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Table B15001, 2009-2019.

For more information, please contact:

Colleen Falkenstern

Senior Research Analyst, Policy Analysis and Research


303.541.0313

cfalkenstern@wiche.edu