Educational Attainment: Utah Falling Behind National Trends

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While Utah consistently surpassed the national average in terms of the percent of adults with a bachelor’s degree or higher between 1940 and 2000, Utah’s national ranking fell from fifth to 16th during that sixty-year period. Recent data show that Utah’s ranking has continued to follow this downward trend from 2000 to 2008 as well. While both the percent of Utah and U.S. adults with a bachelor’s degree and higher have increased over the last eight years, the rate of growth in Utah has been slower than the national increase, particularly for young women, as other states are catching up to Utah.

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