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What percentage of Americans have graduate degrees?

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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2012, 10.9 percent of people in the United States over age 25 had graduate degrees. A decade before, only 8.7 percent of this population had master's degrees or higher.

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The 2012 census also reported data on undergraduate degrees. Over 30 percent of the people surveyed had at least a bachelor's degree. That is an increase of more than 4 percentage points in 10 years. The previous census reported that men had an edge over women in undergraduate and graduate degrees; however, by 2012, the advantage had shrunk to less than one percent at both levels.

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