Education
Bachelor's Degree or Higher, by Race/Ethnicity, 2013-17


Bachelor's Degree or Higher, by Race/Ethnicity, 2013-17

What does this measure?

The number of residents of various racial and ethnic backgrounds with a particular level of education, expressed as a percentage of all residents 25 and older.

Why is this important?

An educated population makes a more attractive workforce and is better prepared to instruct the next generation of residents. High educational attainment represents a region's investment in human capital and preparation for long-term growth. Throughout the nation, racial disparities across many indicators of well-being (including education levels) are persistent, troubling and in need of attention.

How is our county performing?

In 2013-17, the share of Erie County residents who held a bachelor's degree or higher was highest among Asian Americans, at 39%, followed by whites, 28%, and African Americans, 14%. At the state level, more Asian American (55%), white (31%), African Americans (18%), and Hispanic residents (15%) had college degrees than in Erie. Pennsylvania was similar to the U.S. except that slightly more African Americans (21%) and fewer Asians (53%) had a bachelor's degree or higher at the national level. In Erie City, a smaller share of residents of all races had college degrees than in the county as a whole (19% of Asian Americans, 24% of whites, 12% of African Americans, and 10% of Hispanics).

Since 2000, the share of residents without a high school degree declined among most racial and ethnic groups in Erie County. In contrast, the share of Asians without a high school degree increased by 16 points in the same time frame. Similarly, most groups had increases in their share of residents who had attended some college or earned a college degree, except Asian Americans, who had a decline both among people with some college and among people with at least a bachelor's.

Erie City had similar education levels for its African American and white residents as the county as a whole.

How do we compare to similar counties?

Among comparison counties in 2013-17, while racial and ethnic disparities persisted, Broome County, NY had larger shares of all groups with at least a bachelor's degree (except for whites which had similar levels to Erie). All comparison counties had higher rates of Asians with college degrees and fairly similar rates of college degrees for whites (Luzerne and Stark were slightly lower than Erie at 23%). Stark County, OH had a greater share of African Americans graduate from High School, with only 13% holding less than a high school diploma, in contrast to roughly 20% for the other counties including Erie.

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.

Bachelor's Degree or Higher, by Race/Ethnicity, 2013-17
AsianBlack or African AmericanHispanicWhite
Pennsylvania13%30%23%24%
Erie County, PA7%**28%24%24%
Stark County, OH14%****39%25%29%
Broome County, NY21%33%25%31%
Luzerne County, PA15%**28%21%28%
School Districts
United States19%33%24%29%
Erie City5%****28%23%**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%. The Census Bureau asks people to identify their race (white, African-American, etc.) separate from their ethnicity (Hispanic or non-Hispanic). So the totals for these categories cannot be added together, as people show up in both a racial and ethnic group.




Number of Adults with Bachelor's Degree or Higher, by Race/Ethnicity, 2013-17
AsianBlack or African AmericanHispanicWhite
Pennsylvania35,609262,321103,6301,786,474
Erie County, PA187**3,0641,22440,835
Stark County, OH293****6,61389869,265
Broome County, NY7631,93384036,703
Luzerne County, PA373**2,1413,26958,434
School Districts
United States2,257,9548,458,6017,627,65148,099,972
Erie City81****2,507766**11,856

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%. The Census Bureau asks people to identify their race (white, African-American, etc.) separate from their ethnicity (Hispanic or non-Hispanic). So the totals for these categories cannot be added together, as people show up in both a racial and ethnic group.




Bachelor's Degree or Higher, by Race/Ethnicity, 2000
AsianBlack or African AmericanHispanicWhite
Pennsylvania14%25%18%21%
Erie County, PA15%24%15%22%
Broome County, NY14%27%22%29%
Luzerne County, PA14%20%21%23%
Stark County, OH16%26%22%24%
School Districts
United States21%28%20%28%
Erie City18%24%13%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%. The Census Bureau asks people to identify their race (white, African-American, etc.) separate from their ethnicity (Hispanic or non-Hispanic). So the totals for these categories cannot be added together, as people show up in both a racial and ethnic group.




Number of Adults with Bachelor's Degree or Higher, by Race/Ethnicity, 2000
AsianBlack or African AmericanHispanicWhite
Pennsylvania18,414175,65934,1181,543,822
Erie County, PA1522,06836436,912
Broome County, NY32587437935,919
Luzerne County, PA13362841151,511
Stark County, OH2093,87139756,362
School Districts
United States1,363,9885,609,3493,630,03340,079,327
Erie City541,70523411,591

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%. The Census Bureau asks people to identify their race (white, African-American, etc.) separate from their ethnicity (Hispanic or non-Hispanic). So the totals for these categories cannot be added together, as people show up in both a racial and ethnic group.




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