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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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.”
Record Shares of Young Adults Have Finished Both High School and College
In 2012, for the first time ever, one-third of the nation’s 25 to 29-year-olds have completed at least a bachelor’s degree. College completion is also now at record levels among key demographic groups.