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Resources by Topic: Educational attainment

Redefining Rural: What Rural Prosperity and the Geography of Newly Affluent Rural Communities Tells Us About Rural Development
Examines rural prosperity data and changes for counties that grew in, maintained, or slipped in prosperity from 2000 to 2018, using American Community Survey (ACS) and U.S. Census Bureau data. Offers tables breaking down prosperity according to rates of high school degree holders, poverty rate, employment, housing vacancy, and income, including comparisons between rural and non-rural counties. Presents a case study analysis on rural prosperity in Texas.
Author(s): Kennedy O'Dell
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Economic Innovation Group
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The Appalachian Region: A Data Overview from the 2015-2019 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: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Population Reference Bureau
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Counties Where 20 Percent or More of Adults 25-64 Do Not Have a High School Diploma/Equivalent, 2015-19
Map showing which metropolitan and nonmetro counties had 20% or more of adults without a high school diploma.
Date: 04/2021
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Rural-Urban Earnings Gap by Educational Attainment, 2019
Chart showing the gap in median earnings between rural and urban adults age 25 and older with different levels of education. Uses data from the 2019 American Community Survey.
Date: 04/2021
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Educational Attainment in Rural and Urban Areas, 2000 and 2019
Chart showing educational attainment in rural and urban areas for adults age 25 and older, using data from the Census 2000 and 2019 American Community Survey.
Date: 04/2021
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Nonmetro Education Levels Are Improving, But Still Lag Metro
Stacked bar chart showing educational attainment for adults age 25 and over in 2000 and 2019 for metropolitan and nonmetro areas.
Date: 04/2021
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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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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Health Disparities Report 2021
Report examining health disparity trends based on data from America's Health Rankings reports. Offers reports by state and discusses disparities related to social and economic factors, physical environment, clinical care, behaviors, and health outcomes. Most state reports offer data comparisons by metro and non-metro residence.
Additional links: Executive Brief, State Summaries
Date: 2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: United Health Foundation
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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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