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Resources by Topic: Educational attainment

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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Disparities in Educational Attainment by Race and Ethnicity Persist in Rural America
Stacked bar chart showing educational attainment in 2000 and 2018 for rural White, Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, and Hispanic (any race) populations. Education categories included are bachelor's degree or higher; high school, some college, or associate's degree; below high school.
Date: 12/2020
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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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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Child Care Deserts Mapping Tool
Interactive map featuring data on child care availability and locations for child care deserts, or areas in which the demand for child care is much greater than the availability of child care. Includes layered maps showing poverty rates, educational attainment, median family incomes and home values, and percent of Black and Hispanic/Latinx residents.
Date: 06/2020
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organizations: Center for American Progress, University of Minnesota
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The Appalachian Region: A Data Overview from the 2014-2018 American Community Survey Chartbook
State- and county-level information on population, age, race and ethnicity, housing occupancy, education, labor force, employment, income, health insurance coverage, disability, and veteran status, for the 13 Appalachian states. Features statistics with breakdowns by 5 levels of population density.
Additional links: All Report Data, All Report Maps, All Report Tables
Author(s): Kelvin Pollard, Linda A. Jacobsen
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Appalachian Regional Commission
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