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Postsecondary Attainment Rates

The share of adults in the West with an associate degree or higher increased by five percentage points between 2007 and 2019 from 39 percent to 44 percent and the number of adults with a degree increased from 14.9 million to 18.4 million. Additionally, the number of adults with a high school diploma or lower level of education decreased by about 500,000 and the number of adults with some college, but no degree, increased by about 820,000.

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 Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Table B15001, 2007-2019.

For more information, please contact:

Colleen Falkenstern

Senior Research Analyst, Policy Analysis and Research


303.541.0313

cfalkenstern@wiche.edu