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The tables presented here are preprints of tables 73, 75, and 76 from Final Report PC(1)-1C, which contains additional summary information on the general social and economic characteristics of the population.

This report presents statistics from the 1960 Census of Population on the school enrollment and educational attainment of the inhabitants of the United States. Tables 73 and 75 present statistics on school enrollment for the population by age, level of schooling (kindergarten, elementary, high school, and college), type of school (public vs. private), and color; these data are shown for the United States as a whole and for its urban and rural parts. The educational attainment of the population 25 years old and over, by color and sex, is shown in table 76 for the United States, urban and rural, 1960 and 1950, and for conterminous United States, 1940 to 1960.

There were nearly 44 million persons 5 to 34 years old enrolled in regular public and private schools and colleges in the United States in 1960. Of these, 42.7 million were persons 5 to 24 years old, about 13.5 million more than in 1950. The percent of persons enrolled in school increased in all age groups through age 21 between 1950 and 1960. The most dramatic increases in percentages enrolled were at ages 5 and 6, when children are beginning school, and at ages 16 to 19, when youths are completing high school and beginning college.

The PDF to the right contains the 6-page report.


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A Note on Language

Census statistics date back to 1790 and reflect the growth and change of the United States. Past census reports contain some terms that today’s readers may consider obsolete and inappropriate. As part of our goal to be open and transparent with the public, we are improving access to all Census Bureau original publications and statistics, which serve as a guide to the nation's history.

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