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Resources by Topic: Educational attainment

Disparities in Educational Attainment by Race, Ethnicity Persist in Rural America
Stacked bar chart comparing educational attainment in 2000 and 2019 for rural White, Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, and Hispanic adults age 25 and older. Each bar shows the portion of the population with an educational attainment of below high school; high school, some college, or associate's degree; and bachelor's degree or higher.
Date: 02/2021
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Bachelor's Degree Attainment in the United States: 2005 to 2019
Reports on bachelor's degree attainment based on American Community Survey 5-year estimates for 2005–2009, 2010–2014, and 2015–2019. Includes maps showing county-level data for each time period.
Author(s): Kevin McElrath, Michael Marti
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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High School Graduates for Nonmetropolitan Counties
Printable map that shows the percent of population attaining at least a high school graduate education or equivalent by county. Data source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2015-2019 ACS 5-year estimates.
Date: 2021
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Perceived Importance of Physical Activity and Walkable Neighborhoods Among US Adults, 2017
Uses nationally representative data to assess adults' self-reported importance of getting regular physical activity and residing in walkable neighborhoods. Includes data breakdowns by sex, age, race/ethnicity, Census region, nonmetropolitan/metropolitan status, and more.
Author(s): Susan Carlson, Emily Ussery, Kathleen Watson, Kelly Cornett, Janet Fulton
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 17
Date: 12/2020
Type: Document
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Percentage of Population Aged 25 Years and Over With a Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 2015-2019
Interactive map showing county-level rates of attaining a bachelor's degree or higher by age 25, based on the American Community Survey 5-year estimates. Hover over a county to get data for 2005-2009, 2010-2014, and 2015-2019. Select a state to get county-level data by race and ethnicity.
Date: 12/2020
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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What Can You Learn About Counties from the American Community Survey?
Interactive mapping system that highlights and provides access to county-level data on key topics from the 2015-2019 American Community Survey 5-year estimates, including poverty rates, educational attainment, health insurance coverage, and more.
Date: 12/2020
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Rural Health Research Recap: Rural Ethnic/Racial Disparities: Social and Systemic Inequities
Highlights the racial and ethnic disparities related to the social determinants of health. Breaks down rates of poverty, broadband access, education, and insurance, among other measures, of Black, Hispanic, American Indian and Alaska Native, and Asian American and Pacific Islander populations in rural and urban areas.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Research Gateway
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Occupational Employment and Wages in Metro and Nonmetro Areas
A collection of charts with data on metropolitan and nonmetropolitan employment and wages. Includes wage comparisons by occupation for metro and nonmetro areas. Provides information on healthcare-related occupations. Also includes information on wages by educational attainment for metro and nonmetro areas.
Author(s): Stella Fayer, Audrey Watson
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bureau of Labor Statistics
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Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Educational Attainment Persist in Rural America
Brief report on rural educational attainment by race/ethnicity for the following groups: White, Black or African American, Native American or Alaska Native, Hispanic of any race. Includes a bar chart showing the portion of each group with a bachelor's degree or higher, high school or some college, and those without a high school degree.
Author(s): Tracey Farrigan
Citation: Amber Waves
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Counties with Low Educational Attainment Were Concentrated in Rural Areas
Map showing metropolitan and nonmetro counties where 20% or more of working-age adults (ages 25-64) lacked a high school diploma or equivalent.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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