While college tuition has more than doubled over the past 30 years, the share of Americans who have graduated from college continues to rise. According to the most recent statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, 32.0% of all U.S. adults 25 and over have at least a bachelor’s degree, up from 31.3% in 2016 and 17.0% in 1980.
The share of adults with a bachelor’s degree varies greatly from state to state. Many of the state-level disparities in educational attainment parallel disparities in income, as well as socioeconomic factors such as unemployment, industry composition, and population growth.
To determine America’s most and least educated states, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the percentage of adults age 25 and over with at least a bachelor’s degree with data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2017 American Community Survey.