(Indianapolis, IN, Thursday, August, 10, 2017) - Data released by Lumina Foundation in its annual A Stronger Nation report indicates 45.8 percent of Americans ages 25 to 64 held a postsecondary credential in 2015, a slight increase from the 2014 rate of 45.3 percent. Since 2008, the national attainment rate has risen by 7.9 percentage points.
In addition to Americaâ€™s overall attainment rate, Lumina tracks postsecondary attainment levels statewide and countywide. The five states with the highest attainment rates are: Massachusetts â€“ 55.2%; Colorado â€“ 54.7%; Minnesota â€“ 53.5%; Connecticut â€“ 53.5%; Washington â€“ 52.1%. The five states with the lowest attainment rates are: West Virginia â€“ 32.9%; Nevada â€“ 35.6%; Mississippi â€“ 36.6%; Alabama â€“ 37.1%; Idaho â€“ 38.7%.
A Stronger Nation also reports data showing continued inequality in postsecondary attainment across different race and ethnicity groups. Among Americans ages 25 to 64:
- Hispanics recorded the lowest attainment rate at 21.3 percent;
- Asian and Pacific Islanders posted a rate of 61.2 percent; and
- The African American rate of attainment was 29.3 percent.
Click here to view the report: http://strongernation.luminafoundation.org/