What Percentage of Americans Have a College Degree?


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According to a report by the Lumina Foundation, as of 2012, approximately 39.4 percent of working-aged Americans hold at least a two-year college degree. This figure represents a rise of 0.7 percent from 2011.

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As of 2014, holders of college degrees in the United States are sharply divided in terms of race. For blacks, Latinos and Native Americans, the number of working-aged people who have at least a two-year college degree ranges from 19.8 percent to 27.6 percent. This contrasts sharply with the rates among whites and Asian-Americans, which are 43.9 percent and 59.4 percent, respectively. However, college enrollment for both Latino and black high-school graduates is on an upward trend.

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