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30 Percent of Americans Have a College Degree | Care2 Causes

30 Percent of Americans Have a College Degree | Care2 Causes

For the first time in the history of the US, 30 percent of the 61 million Americans over 25 years old have bachelor’s degrees . The new statistics, which are based on figures released on Thursday by the Census Bureau, reveal an increase in people acquiring degrees that began in the mid-1990s. As of March 2011, 30.4 percent of Americans now have at least a bachelor’s degree while 10.9 percent have a graduate degree; ten years earlier, 26.2 percent and 8.7 percent did, respectively. All told, the percentage of Americans with bachelor’s degrees has grown by 15.4 percent in the past decade. While the number of African-Americans and Latinos has significantly increased, they still trail whites in attaining college degrees. Indeed, as the New York Times points out, the gap has widened. The percentage of African-Americans holding a bachelor’s degrees grew from 15.7 percent to 19.9...

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