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A Profile of Older Americans: 2002

Education 

The educational level of the older population is increasing. Between 1970 and 2001, the percentage who had completed high school rose from 28% to 70% About 17% in 2001 had a bachelor's degree or more.

The percentage who had completed high school varied considerably by race and ethnic origin among older persons in 2001: 74% of Whites, 63% of Asians and Pacific Islanders,***** 51% of African-Americans, and 35% of Hispanics.

(Sources:  Current Population Survey, March Demographic Supplement, 2001 and related tables on the Census Bureau website; also: "Educational Attainment in the United States (Update): March 2000," P20-536.)

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