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Data Dashboard: Educational Attainment


Educational Attainment

Trend at a Glance

At last count

54.1% of the County's adult population has a bachelor's degree or higher

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What does this measure?

The education level of a jurisdiction’s citizens first signals the adequacy of the community’s education system: Do citizens have access to affordable, quality education options? Are citizens prepared for higher education, and are citizens seeking those options? A population’s education level also has implications for citizens’ financial stability, as higher educational attainment better equips citizens to find higher-paying work. Education level is also a measure of a region's attractiveness, as a region with a strong job market and a healthy economy attracts residents who have attained higher levels of education.

How is Wake County performing?

The percent of Wake County's population age 25 and older who have attained high school and bachelor's degrees is consistently higher than state and national averages.

Did you know?

The percentage of Wake County adult residents with a bachelor's degree or higher as adults age 25 or older is among the highest counties in the state. The North Carolina percentage is 32.3%.

Data Source

American Community Survey (1-year estimates) 

Data Considerations


Charts & Maps

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Data is updated:

The United States Census Bureau typically publishes estimates for the American Community Survey in September each year.

Related Resources


October 2020; Revised to reflect 2019 ACS estimates




Created at 1/3/2014 4:24 PM by Lori K. Neumeier
Last modified at 10/5/2020 4:12 PM by Jason Horton

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