Education

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau

What does this measure?

The number of residents with a particular level of education in a region, expressed as a percentage of all residents 25 and older.

Why is this important?

An educated population makes a more attractive workforce and is better prepared to instruct the next generation of residents. High educational attainment represents a region's investment in human capital and preparation for long-term growth.

How is our region performing?

In 2013-17, 62% of residents age 25 and older in the region had attended at least some college or earned a bachelor's degree, slightly above the state and national rates (both at 60%). Just 10% of adults in the region lacked a high school diploma, lower than both the statewide (14%) and national (13%) rates, and 32% had their bachelor's degree or higher, compared to 35% statewide and 31% nationally. Regional educational achievement rose from 2000 through 2013-17, with the share of individuals with no high school diploma falling 6 percentage points and the share of individuals with a bachelor's degree or higher increasing 6 points.

Among the individual counties, Monroe had the highest rate of adults having attended some college or achieved at bachelor's degree, at 66%, similar to Ontario, at 65%. Wyoming and Orleans had the lowest rates, at 47% and 48%, respectively. In the City of Rochester, 53% of residents had attended at least some college, in line with many counties in the region and the cities of Batavia and Geneva, but far lower than the City of Canandaigua, at 71%. Rochester also had the highest share of individuals without a high school diploma, at 19%. The percentage of City residents without a high school diploma fell 8 points from 2000.

Notes about the data

The multi-year figures are from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The bureau combined five years of responses to the survey to provide estimates for smaller geographic areas and increase the precision of its estimates. The survey provides data on characteristics of the population that used to be collected only during the decennial census. Data for this indicator are expected to be released in the fourth quarter.

Education Levels of Adults, 2013-17
Bachelor's degree or higherHigh school graduate, GED, or alternativeLess than high school diplomaSome college or associate's degree
United States31%27%13%29%
NYS35%26%14%25%
NYS (excluding NYC)34%28%10%28%
Region32%28%10%30%
Monroe37%24%10%29%
Surrounding Counties24%34%10%32%
Genesee21%36%9%34%
Livingston24%33%11%32%
Ontario34%28%7%31%
Orleans16%39%13%32%
Seneca20%35%14%30%
Wayne22%35%10%33%
Wyoming15%41%12%32%
Yates24%34%14%28%
Rochester24%28%19%29%
Batavia23%34%11%31%
Canandaigua40%24%5%**31%
Geneva26%31%15%28%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Adults are people 25 and older. Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.




Education Levels of Adults, 2013-17
Bachelor's degree or higherHigh school graduate, GED, or alternativeLess than high school diplomaSome college or associate's degree
United States66,887,60359,093,61227,437,11462,853,315
NYS4,820,8133,591,2871,895,4393,353,270
NYS (excluding NYC)2,629,0342,154,037767,9972,139,793
Region265,879235,16882,738251,087
Monroe189,018123,74149,494147,912
Surrounding Counties76,861111,42733,244103,175
Genesee8,84214,7903,65413,954
Livingston10,11314,2574,66413,683
Ontario25,71421,4915,16523,984
Orleans4,71611,7063,8889,394
Seneca5,0968,8023,4977,475
Wayne13,88522,5786,62720,799
Wyoming4,52012,1043,4329,264
Yates3,9755,6992,3174,622
Rochester31,98037,22925,57438,295
Batavia2,3733,4471,1443,149
Canandaigua2,8701,761350**2,279
Geneva1,9602,2961,1252,076

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Adults are people 25 and older. Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.




Education Levels of Adults, 2000
Bachelor's degree or higherHigh school graduate, GED, or alternativeLess than high school diplomaSome college or associate's degree
United States24%29%20%27%
NYS27%28%21%24%
NYS (excluding NYC)27%30%16%26%
Region26%30%16%28%
Monroe31%26%15%28%
Surrounding Counties18%36%18%28%
Genesee16%38%16%30%
Livingston19%34%18%29%
Ontario25%32%13%31%
Orleans13%40%24%24%
Seneca17%36%21%26%
Wayne17%36%18%29%
Wyoming11%39%24%25%
Yates18%36%20%26%
Rochester20%29%27%24%
Batavia19%34%20%28%
Canandaigua25%29%15%31%
Geneva22%31%22%25%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Adults are people 25 and older. Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.




Education Levels of Adults, 2000
Bachelor's degree or higherHigh school graduate, GED, or alternativeLess than high school diplomaSome college or associate's degree
United States44,462,60552,168,98135,715,62549,864,428
NYS3,433,2123,480,7682,626,3243,002,232
NYS (excluding NYC)1,986,3792,191,4331,163,6341,924,144
Region204,103233,880127,006218,308
Monroe148,953124,92772,410131,667
Surrounding Counties55,150108,95354,59686,641
Genesee6,53315,3016,24412,047
Livingston7,71513,5577,07811,731
Ontario16,43021,0178,40620,686
Orleans3,76611,5196,8466,912
Seneca3,9488,0534,7275,857
Wayne10,51322,31610,95417,948
Wyoming3,39011,4987,2067,428
Yates2,8555,6923,1354,032
Rochester26,72338,00835,79632,180
Batavia2,0413,7032,2143,057
Canandaigua1,9242,2651,1552,416
Geneva1,7062,4651,6851,970

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Adults are people 25 and older. Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.







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