The share of American Latinos 25 and over with at least a bachelor’s degree has increased by 30% in 15 years, but the jump was not enough to close the gap with white, American-born degree holders Asian and black.
In fact, due to the increase in the number of degree holders in these groups, the gap has widened slightly for Latinos, according to Census Bureau American Community Survey data released on Monday.
In 2005-2009, 30.6% of non-Latino whites aged 25 or over had a bachelor’s degree or above, compared with only 12.6% of Latinos.
Between 2015 and 19, the share rose to 35.8% for non-Hispanic whites with a bachelor’s degree or above, compared to 16.4% for Hispanics.
The highest proportion of people 25 and over with a bachelor’s degree were Asian Americans, at 49.6% in 2005-09 and 54.3% in 2015-19. However, they had the smallest percentage of change, 9.5 percent, in obtaining higher education degrees.
Blacks fell from 17.2% to 21.6% over the five-year period from 2015 to 2019.
Excluding those who identified with another race, Native Americans had the lowest proportion of the population with a bachelor’s degree or above, 15% in 2015-2019, a change of 2.2% from 12.8 in 2005 -09.
Census figures show that baccalaureate graduation has increased, for the most part, in the United States, but growth has varied by geographic region.
The northeastern counties of the country had the highest average rate of residents with a bachelor’s degree, followed by the West, Midwest, and South. The Northeast also had the fastest growth rate, while the southern counties had lower growth rates.
The number of counties where 9.9 percent or less of the population aged 25 and over held a bachelor’s degree fell from 259 in 2005-09 to 89 in 2015-19, with 76 in the south.
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