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Percent of Adults With at Least a Bachelor's Degree

Time Range: 2006-2010       Resolution: Census Block Group

Adults with at least a bachelor's degree is the percent of the population 25 years and older that has a BA/ BS degree. It reflects the number of people ages 25-64 that possess a BA/ BS out of all the people ages 25-64 in the area.

Rationale

Adults who complete college are more likely to live healthier lives. With a higher education, adults are able to more easily find employment, earn a steady income, and make better decisions1. These factors play a role in health outcomes2, and studies have shown that college graduates live longer lives compared to individuals who do not complete high school1.

1 California Newsreel, Nationality Minority Consortia, Joint Center Health Policy Institute. Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? http://www.unnaturalcauses.org/resources.php?topic_id=3

2 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America. http://www.commissiononhealth.org/Education.aspx

Source
Data is from the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) 2006-2010 5-year detailed tables. This measure uses table B15002 (Sex By Educational Attainment For The Population 25 Years And Over) at the census block group (150) summary level. Forumula: (B150020015 + B150020016 + B150020018 + B150020032 + B150020033 + B150020035) / B15002001

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