Utah’s Higher Education Graduates

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The 2000 Census provided an opportunity to examine Utah’s college graduates as a portion of the population relative to other states. According to Census figures, Utah ranks 32nd in the nation for the percent of 25-34 year olds with a least a bachelor’s degree. Just over a quarter of Utah residents in this age group received a bachelor’s degree by 2000. This places Utah below the national average of 27.5 percent and third in the intermountain region. Colorado and Montana had greater percentages of degreed residents in this age group. Colorado ranked fourth in the nation. The District of Columbia ranked first as over half of its residents had at least a bachelor’s degree. Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Jersey rounded out the top five, with at least 34% of their residents age 25-34 with a bachelor’s degree.


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