Erie Vital Signs

Educational Attainment: Educational Attainment

Recent Performance

This trend is better or improving.

At the bottom end of the education spectrum, Erie has a smaller percentage of residents with less than a high school diploma than its peers, and a greater percentage with a high school diploma or GED. The bad news is that it also has a smaller percentage of residents with bachelor’s and advanced degrees, at least among people 25 and older.

For those in the 18-24 age category, Erie actually has a higher percentage with bachelor’s degrees or higher, which is most likely a result of the location in the county of five colleges or universities. This implies that Erie’s educational attainment is improving. Among those 25 or older, the percent with a BA or higher rose from 22.5% in 2006 to 26.6% in 2013.

The Basics

This indicator reports the percentages of residents who have various levels of education, from less than a 9th grade education through advanced graduate degrees. It reports this for two age categories: 18-24 year olds, and for 25 years old and over. The education breakdowns are slightly different for these two groups.

Why It's Important

Education is a barometer of a region’s economic viability and the prospects of the people who live there. Income is highly correlated with educational attainment, so education has a crucial impact on the local standard of living. And forecasts of future job growth often show that high-growth occupations tend to be those which require more education.

The Details

These data come from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Their data are based on a sample and are subject to sampling variability. Educational attainment data are tabulated for people 18 years old and over. Respondents are classified according to the highest degree or the highest level of school completed. The ACS survey question included instructions for persons currently enrolled in school to report the level of the previous grade attended or the highest degree received.

The Nitty-Gritty Details

American Community Survey documentation
American Community Survey Subject Definitions


For 18-24 year olds:
-less than a high school graduate
-high school graduate (includes equivalency)
-some college or associate’s degree
-bachelor’s degrees or higher.
For 25 year and over:
-less than 9th grade
-9th-12th grade but no diploma
-high school graduate (includes equivalency)
-some college but no degree
-associate’s degree
-bachelor’s degree
-graduate or professional degree

Peer Areas

These variables include data on all 13 of the standard peer areas, along with U.S. data.




American Community Survey from the U.S. Census Bureau. One-year estimates. Table S1501, Educational Attainment.

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