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Decennial Census Data on Educational Attainment

Information on the educational attainment of the U.S. population has been collected in every decennial census from 1940 to 2000. In 1940, educational attainment was collected for every person enumerated in the census (i.e., 100% data) and on a sample basis thereafter.

DATA TABLES, PRODUCTS AND REPORTS

Census 2000

A Half-Century Of Learning: Historical Census Statistics On Educational Attainment in the United States, 1940 to 2000

Educational Attainment: 2000

  • Report (C2KBR-24) [PDF – 498k]

Education and School Enrollment: 2000


1990 Census

We the Americans…Our Education

1990 Census of Population: Education in the United States

  • Report (CP-3-4) [PDF – 9.0M]

1970 Census

Educational Attainment by Age, Sex, and Race for the United States: 1970

Educational Characteristics of the Population of the United States: 1970


1960 Census

Educational Attainment of the Population of the United States: 1960

School Enrollment and Educational Attainment, for the United States: 1960


1940 Census

Educational Attainment by Wage or Salary Income: 1940

Educational Characteristics of the Population of the United States By Age: 1940

Educational Attainment of the Population 25 Years Old And Over In The United States: 1940


RELATED PAPERS AND PRESENTATION

The Earnings Gap by Occupation and Educational Attainment: Findings from Census 2000. Jennifer Cheeseman Day, Nikki Graf and Kurt Bauman. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America, Minneapolis, Minn., May 1-3, 2003


AVAILABLE TABULATIONS

Decennial census tables on educational attainment are available from American FactFinder for 1990 and 2000.

Tabulations from the most recent and historical censuses are also available from the Census of Population and Housing Publications Web site.


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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Educational Attainment |  Last Revised: June 24, 2013