Sep. 24, 2013

The growing economic clout of the college educated

For the first time on record, nearly one out of every two dollars in aggregate U.S. household income went to the college educated.

Fact Tank Sep. 4, 2013

Among recent high school grads, Hispanic college enrollment rate surpasses that of whites

A new U.S. Census Bureau report shows that after several years of gains, college enrollments in the U.S. fell between 2011 and 2012. But for one group—Hispanics—college enrollments were up, reflecting Hispanic population growth along with a growing share of young Latinos prepared for college. The new Census Bureau data also shows Hispanic students reached […]

Fact Tank Aug. 29, 2013

D.C., Virginia and Maryland have the highest shares of college-educated Latinos

As the number of Latinos attending college has surged in recent years, a new analysis of Census data finds wide variances by state in the share of Latino adults who have a bachelor’s degree. Overall, the District of Columbia has the highest college degree attainment rate among Hispanic adults, with 36.2% of those ages 25 […]

Aug. 22, 2013

King’s Dream Remains an Elusive Goal

Five decades after Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, D.C., fewer than half (45%) of Americans say the country has made substantial progress toward racial equality.

Fact Tank Aug. 12, 2013

Ready or not, 77 million kids and adults heading back to school soon

As back-to-school time approaches, statistics show that projected enrollment is on the rise again after slipping a bit in recent years.

Fact Tank Jun. 25, 2013

What’s killing the less-educated white women of America?

For nearly three decades researchers have known that better-educated adults are living increasingly longer than those with less education. (Kids: One more reason to stay in school.) Then in the mid-1980s a new trend emerged: The education-mortality gap began growing much faster among women than among men. By 2006, white women without a high school […]

May. 10, 2013

Record Share of New Mothers Are College Educated

Women with infant children in the U.S. are more educated than ever, reflecting a decades-long rise in the educational levels of all women and a steep decline in births among less-educated women.

Hispanic May. 9, 2013

Hispanics Pass Whites in Rate of College Enrollment

A record seven-in-ten Hispanic high school graduates in the class of 2012 enrolled in college that fall, two percentage points higher than the rate among white high school grads.

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Apr. 4, 2013

Demographics of Asian Americans

The demographic data shown in this interactive display the varied population sizes and characteristics of the largest Asian origin groups, based on the updated edition of our survey, “The Rise of Asian Americans.”