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Resources by Topic: Educational attainment

Rural Education At A Glance, 2017 Edition
Provides an overview of rural educational attainment. Compares education levels in rural and urban areas in 2000 and 2015. Also provides rural-urban data by gender, age, and race/ethnicity. Examines rural educational attainment in relation to employment, income, and poverty.
Date: 04/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Rural Unemployment Rates Declined for All Education Levels from 2010 to 2015
Line chart showing unemployment rates from 2010 through 2015 for rural residents with the following levels of educational attainment: less than high school, high school, some college, associate's degree, bachelor's degree or higher.
Date: 2017
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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A Glance at the Age Structure and Labor Force Participation of Rural America
Provides data and charts comparing the the age distribution for rural and urban areas. Also includes rural-urban comparison of labor force participation, earnings, and educational attainment, with information by age and sex.
Author(s): Jennifer Cheeseman Day, Donald Hays, Adam Smith
Date: 12/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Poverty and Employment Indicators for Nonmetro Counties by Educational Attainment, 2009-14
Bar chart comparing rural counties where 20% or more of the adult population lack a high school diploma to other rural counties, for poverty, child poverty, and unemployment.
Date: 01/2016
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Demographic and Economic Characteristics of Immigrant and Native-Born Populations in Rural and Urban Places
Describes demographic and economic characteristics of immigrant and native-born people by metropolitan status. Includes data on education level, English language proficiency, poverty level, and other topics. Also provides selected data by citizenship status for rural and urban immigrants.
Author(s): Andrew Schaefer, Marybeth J. Mattingly
Date: 2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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Nonmetro Unemployment Rates Have Declined, but Remain Highest for Adults with the Lowest Levels of Education
Line chart showing unemployment rates for rural adults year-by-year for 2007-2014, for those with less than a high school diploma, a high school diploma, some college, an associate's degree, a bachelor's degree, or graduate/professional degree.
Date: 10/2015
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Unequal Lives: The State of Black Women and Families in the Rural South
Analyzes the health and well-being of low-income Black women in nine rural counties across Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. Identifies barriers to success and economic security, including poverty, low educational attainment, and inadequate access to public infrastructure, healthcare, and more. Includes statistics and demographics for each of the states and counties included in the study.
Date: 07/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Southern Rural Black Women's Initiative
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Rural Areas Lag Urban Areas in College Completion
Compares rural to urban post-high school educational attainment, with a focus on college completion rates, based on 2008-2012 American Community Survey data. Shows trends via comparison to 2000 Census data.
Author(s): Alexander Marré
Citation: Amber Waves
Date: 12/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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High Deductible Health Insurance Plans in Rural Areas
Examines whether rural residents with private insurance are more likely to have a high deductible health insurance plan (HDHP) than urban residents, and if it differs by location in remote, rural areas. Addresses differences in income and education and offers recommendations related to the health Insurance marketplaces.
Additional links: Policy Brief: Rural Residents More Likely to be Enrolled in High Deductible Health Plans
Author(s): Jennifer D. Lenardson, Erika C. Ziller, Andrew F. Coburn
Date: 05/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Maine Rural Health Research Center
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Disability Burdens among Older Americans Associated with Gender and Race/Ethnicity in Rural and Urban Areas
Examines total life expectancy, disability-free life expectancy, and disabled life expectancy, comparing people in rural and urban areas. Includes information by sex, race (White and African American), and educational attainment. Based on data for a cohort of people who were 65 to 69 years of age in 1982, using data from 1982 through 1999 from the National Long-term Care Survey.
Additional links: Fact Sheet
Date: 2005
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural and Minority Health Research Center (formerly the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center)
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