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Census Bureau Reports More than Half of Asians in U.S. Have a Bachelor's Degree or Higher

By April 1, 2016 at 12:30 am
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A new report from the U.S. Census Bureau found that 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.

"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."

Asians and non-Hispanic whites were more likely to hold a bachelor's degree or higher when compared with blacks and Hispanics.

The report Educational Attainment in the United States: 2015, also found that 36 percent of 25- to 29-year-olds held a bachelor's degree or higher in 2015, up from 25 percent in 1995 and 21 percent in 1975. Moreover, the rate of college completion for the population 25 and older grew to 33 percent in 2015, up from 23 percent in 1995.

Bachelor's degree or higher attainment rates were not statistically different for men and women age 25 and older at 32 percent and 33 percent, respectively, according to the Current Population Survey. Previously released American Community Survey findings show higher college attainment among women. The American Community Survey is able to measure smaller differences in the population because of its larger sample size.

In 2015, the majority of adults, 88 percent, were at least high school graduates and more than half, 59 percent, had completed at least some college. One out of three adults reported having at least a bachelor's degree and 12 percent reported having an advanced degree, such as a master's, professional or doctorate degree.

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.

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