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Educational Attainment in the United States: 2015   Census Bureau Report Shows More than Half of Asians in U.S. Have a Bachelor’s Degree or Higher

March 29, ’16 US CeEnsus Press Release – Excerpt of Full Report:

http://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2016/cb16-56.html

MARCH 29, 2016 — The percentage of Asians in the U.S. with a bachelor’s degree or higher rose to 54 percent in 2015, up from 38 percent in 1995, according to a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau. In addition, Asians and non-Hispanic whites were more likely to hold a bachelor’s degree or higher when compared with blacks and Hispanics.

“We found the percentage of Asian-Americans who have a bachelor’s degree or higher to be greater than the overall rate of 33 percent for the total population,” said Camille Ryan, a statistician in the Census Bureau’s Education and Social Stratification Branch. “In addition, Asian-Americans born in the U.S. who have a bachelor’s degree or higher reached 55 percent in 2015, matching their foreign-born counterparts.”

These findings are from the Census Bureau’s Educational Attainment in the United States: 2015 report that uses statistics from the Current Population Survey’s Annual Social and Economic Supplement to examine the educational attainment of adults who are age 25 and older by demographic and social characteristics, such as age, sex, race and Hispanic origin, nativity and disability status.

Race

  • Non-Hispanic whites reported the highest percentage of adults with at least a high school education at 93 percent. Asians reported the highest percentage of those with a bachelor’s degree or higher at 54 percent.
  • Hispanics reported the lowest percentage of adults who completed high school or more, at 67 percent, and who had advanced degrees, at 5 percent.

Other highlights

  • Foreign-born adults were less likely than native-born adults to have a high school education or higher; however, they were equally likely to have an advanced (postgraduate) degree.
  • Adults without a disability were more likely to hold a bachelor’s degree than adults who have a disability.