December 10, 2000

About 84 percent of all U.S. adults age 25 and over had high school diplomas and 26 percent had bachelor's degrees or higher -- both record highs, a survey conducted this year and released today by the Commerce Department's Census Bureau shows.

The results of the survey, contained in the report, Educational Attainment in the United States: March 2000 (Update), update the 1999 educational attainment report issued last September. The statistics were collected in the March 2000 Current Population Survey, which uses the 1990 census as the base for its sample. The estimates should not be confused with Census 2000 results.

The data on educational trends and attainment levels are shown by characteristics such as age, sex, race, Hispanic origin, marital status, occupation, industry, nativity and period of entry, as well as metropolitan and nonmetropolitan residence. The tabulations also look at topics such as the relationship between earnings and educational attainment. Although the statistics provided are primarily at the national level, some data are shown for regions, states and large metropolitan
areas.

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