Youth Education Levels Breaking Records –

High school and college completion is at a record high among U.S. young adults, according to a report released by the Pew Research Center.

The report, which contains analysis of recently available U.S. census data, shows that, in 2012, one-third of the nation’s adults aged 25-29 have completed at least a bachelor’s degree – the first time this has happened. Likewise, 90% of 25- to 29-year-olds have completed high school and 63% have completed at least some college.

These findings reveal that the nation’s young adults are more educated than ever before. The trend of increasing levels of degree attainment and high school completion was evident across gender lines as well as key racial and ethnic groups.

Both men and women had record levels of college completion in 2012 – 30% of men aged 25-29 and 37% of women aged 25-29 earned at least a bachelor’s degree.

In regard to different races and ethnicities, data revealed that in 2012:

  • 40% of Whites aged 25-29 completed at least a bachelor’s degree, up from 39% in 2011
  • 23% of Blacks aged 25-29 completed at least a bachelor’s degree, up from 20% in 2011
  • 15% of Hispanics aged 25-29 attained bachelor’s degrees, up from 13% in 2011
  • 60% of Asians aged 25-29 completed at least a bachelor’s degree

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Additionally, among native-born 25- to 29-year-olds, a record high 35% finished at least a bachelor’s degree in 2012. A record high 28% of immigrant young adults finished at least a bachelor’s degree, up from the previous high of 27% in 2009.

Though increases are slight, high school completion among young adults is at a record level of 90% for 2012, with a record high of 88% of males overall completing high school, 75% of Hispanics aged 25-29 completing high school, and 76% of immigrant young adults completing high school.

The report also shows a record high of 63% of 25- to 29-year-olds in 2012 who have completed some college – which includes those who have completed associate and bachelor’s degrees or any college at all. Record levels include 58% of men aged 25-29, 59% of Blacks aged 25-29, more than 40% of young Hispanics, and 47% of immigrant young adults.

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