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Education Levels of Adults, 2013-17


Education Levels of Adults, 2013-17

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What does this measure?

The number of residents with a particular level of education in a region, expressed as a percentage of all residents 25 and older.

Why is this important?

An educated population makes a more attractive workforce. Well-educated workers likely have access to more economic opportunities than workers with less education. High educational attainment represents a region's investment in human capital and preparation for long-term growth.

How is our county performing?

The education levels of adults have been rising in Erie County. In 2013-17, 40% of Erie County residents had a high school diploma, while 24% had attended some college, 27% had earned a college degree, and 9% had not completed high school. The percentage without a high school diploma was 6 percentage points lower than in 2000, while the share of residents with a college degree increased 6 percentage points in the same time period.

Erie's percentage of residents with only a high school diploma in 2013-17 was higher than Pennsylvania (36%) and the U.S. (27%). The state had a slightly higher percentage of residents with a college degree (30%), as did the nation (31%). Nationally, a larger share of residents lacked a high school diploma (13%). Similar to Erie, both the state and nation experienced gains in the share of adults with college degrees and experienced declines in their shares of adults who had not completed high school.

The City of Erie had lower adult education levels than the county as a whole, though it has also improved since 2000. In 2013-17, 41% of residents had a high school diploma or equivalent. The city's share of residents with a college degree (22%) was lower than the county, and its share with no high school diploma (14%) was higher. Erie City's decrease since 2000 in the share of residents without a high school diploma was similar as experienced by the County as a whole.

How do we compare to similar counties?

In 2013-17, Erie County's percentage of residents with a high school diploma was slightly higher than Luzerne County, PA (at 39%) and Stark County, OH (at 38%), and higher than Broome County, NY (at 31%). Erie's percentage of residents with a college degree was similar to Broome (28%), and higher than Stark (23%) and Luzerne (23%). The percentage of residents without a high school diploma in Erie was slightly lower than Broome (10%), Luzerne (11%) and similar to Stark (9%).

Notes about the data

Adults are people 25 and older. The multi-year figures are from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The bureau combined five years of responses to the survey to provide estimates for smaller geographic areas and increase the precision of its estimates. However, because the information came from a survey, the samples responding to the survey were not always large enough to produce reliable results, especially in small geographic areas. CGR has noted on data tables the estimates with relatively large margins of error. Estimates with three asterisks have the largest margins, plus or minus 50% or more of the estimate. Two asterisks mean plus or minus 35%-50%, and one asterisk means plus or minus 20%-35%. For all estimates, the confidence level is 90%, meaning there is 90% probability the true value (if the whole population were surveyed) would be within the margin of error (or confidence interval). The survey provides data on characteristics of the population that used to be collected only during the decennial census. Data for this indicator are released annually in December.

Education Levels of Adults, 2013-17
Bachelor's degree or higherHigh school graduate, GED, or alternativeLess than high school diplomaSome college or associate's degree
Pennsylvania30%36%10%24%
Erie County, PA27%40%9%24%
Broome County, NY28%31%10%31%
Luzerne County, PA23%39%11%28%
Stark County, OH23%38%9%30%
School Districts
United States31%27%13%29%
Erie City22%41%14%23%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Adults are people 25 and older. Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.




Education Levels of Adults, 2013-17
Bachelor's degree or higherHigh school graduate, GED, or alternativeLess than high school diplomaSome college or associate's degree
Pennsylvania2,673,2193,161,786898,9822,151,966
Erie County, PA51,63274,35517,05745,058
Broome County, NY36,40840,70012,42940,265
Luzerne County, PA51,69587,80324,52862,664
Stark County, OH58,99797,66324,26578,274
School Districts
United States66,887,60359,093,61227,437,11462,853,315
Erie City14,01526,5648,77415,044

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Adults are people 25 and older. Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.




Education Levels of Adults, 2000
Bachelor's degree or higherHigh school graduate, GED, or alternativeLess than high school diplomaSome college or associate's degree
Pennsylvania22%38%18%21%
Erie County, PA21%42%15%22%
Luzerne County, PA16%41%19%23%
Stark County, OH18%41%17%24%
Broome County, NY23%33%16%28%
School Districts
United States24%29%20%27%
Erie City17%42%20%21%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Adults are people 25 and older. Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.




Education Levels of Adults, 2000
Bachelor's degree or higherHigh school graduate, GED, or alternativeLess than high school diplomaSome college or associate's degree
Pennsylvania1,847,6313,150,0131,496,1051,772,535
Erie County, PA37,59075,15027,64839,718
Luzerne County, PA37,03693,74942,89052,699
Stark County, OH45,397104,33341,91261,329
Broome County, NY30,02143,39321,46137,666
School Districts
United States44,462,60552,168,98135,715,62549,864,428
Erie City11,33127,15613,10713,666

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Adults are people 25 and older. Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.




INDICATORS TREND | ERIE COUNTY
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments Maintaining
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Employees Increasing
Tourism Spending Maintaining
Median Age Increasing
Population by Age Not Applicable
Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Total Population Decreasing
Foreign Born Population Increasing
Household Types Not Applicable
Average Household Size Maintaining
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Public Assistance Maintaining
Change in Average Salary Decreasing
Unemployment Rate Increasing
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Employment by Sector Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty by Education Level Not Applicable
Homeownership Rates Decreasing
Homeownership Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Maintaining
Median Rent Maintaining
Student Performance in Grade 3 Reading Increasing
Student Performance in Grade 3 Math Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Maintaining
Per Student Spending Maintaining
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Education Level of Adults Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Air Quality Increasing
Water Quality Maintaining
Recycling Tons Per Capita Maintaining
Solid Waste Per Capita Maintaining
Vehicles by Fuel Type Not Applicable
Mortality Rate Decreasing
Death from Heart Disease Decreasing
Death from Cancer Decreasing
Death from Stroke Decreasing
Death from Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease Increasing
Hypertension Prevalance Increasing
Diabetes Prevalence Increasing
Asthma Increasing
People Without Healthcare Coverage Decreasing
People Without a Primary Care Physician Increasing
Routine Checkups Increasing
People Who Cannot Afford Healthcare Decreasing
Adults Who are Overweight or Obese Increasing
Children Who are Overweight or Obese Increasing
Teens Who are Overweight or Obese Increasing
Adult Smokers Decreasing
Physically Inactive Adults Decreasing
Binge Drinking Maintaining
Infant Mortality Decreasing
Low Birth Weight Babies Increasing
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Non Smoking During Pregnancy Increasing
Early Prenatal Care Increasing