Geographic Variation in College Attainment

Where do college-educated U.S. residents live? The map below displays aggregate college attainment levels for working-age adults by U.S. county. College attainment levels vary by geography, with many counties in the Mid-Atlantic region exhibiting high levels of attainment, whereas many counties in the Southeast exhibit low levels. Even within states with historically low levels of college attainment, there remain pockets with large shares of college-educated adults (typically near state capitals and other large cities).

Percentage of Adults Age 25 to 64 With an Associate Degree or Higher by U.S. County: 2015

 Author's calculations. American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year estimates. Data retrieved from  Social Explorer .

Author's calculations. American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year estimates. Data retrieved from Social Explorer.