Frequently Asked Questions

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Does the U.S. Census Bureau produce data on educational attainment?

The Census Bureau provides data on educational attainment from the following sources:

  • American Community Survey (ACS): Estimates for the United States, Puerto Rico, all states, Congressional Districts, and geographic areas of 65,000 or more are released annually in the ACS 1-year estimates.  Data for all geographic areas of 20,000 or more are available annually from the ACS 3-year estimates.  Data for geographic areas as small as tracts and block groups are available annually from the ACS 5-year estimates.  Learn more about the ACS on our website and access our estimates via American FactFinder.

  • The Current Population Survey (CPS). This survey collects annual data on educational attainment for the nation and from the CPS Data Tables, Products, and Reports as well as historical reports for the U.S. and states.  The CPS report A Half-Century of Learning: Historical Statistics on Educational Attainment in the United States: 1940 to 2000 is also an excellent source of data.

  • 2000 Census of Population and Housing.  Educational attainment are available for all geographic areas.  Our Census 2000 brief Educational Attainment: 2000PDF provides information at the national and state level, and also includes U.S. map showing county-level information.  Additional data tables from the census are also available..


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