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Report Number ACSBR-009
Kevin McElrath and Michael Martin

Introduction

Bachelor’s degrees are important marks of progress for both individuals and society. Compared with non-college-graduates, individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree have higher lifetime earnings, lower odds of unemployment, and better health outcomes. This brief uses the 2005-2009, 2010-2014, and 2015-2019 American Community Surveys (ACS) 5-year estimates to examine national and county-level changes in bachelor’s degree attainment from 2005–2009 to 2015–2019

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