Benefits: Improvements, Declines, and Gaps in Performance

Since the early 1990s, most states have increased their “educational capital” as measured by the percentage of adults with an associate’s degree, a bachelor’s degree, or higher. However, the benefits of higher education still vary by race/ethnicity and by state of residence.

Key Indicator: Percentage of 25- to 64-year-olds with a bachelor’s degree or higher

Improvement    50 states improved or stayed the same on the key indicator Declined    0 states declined on the key indicator

Improvements

Percentage of 25- to 64-year-olds with a bachelor’s degree or higher

Kentucky15% to 22%
South Dakota20% to 28%
North Carolina19% to 27%
Iowa20% to 27%
North Dakota21% to 29%

 

Gaps

Percentage of 25- to 64-year-olds with a bachelor’s degree or higher

  Whites Blacks
Connecticut 41% 16%
Massachusetts 43% 22%
New Jersey 41% 22%
New York 40% 21%
Virginia 38% 19%
 
  Whites Hispanics
California 40% 10%
Colorado 42% 12%
Connecticut 41% 13%
Massachusetts 43% 15%
New Mexico 40% 13%
 
  Whites Native Americans
Alaska 32% 8%
Arizona 34% 10%
New Mexico 40% 10%