A Profile of Older Americans: 2003
The educational level of the older population is increasing.
Between 1970 and 2002, the percentage who had completed high
school rose from 28% to 70% Almost 17% in 2002 had a bachelor's
degree or more. The percentage who had completed high school
varied considerably by race and ethnic origin in 2002: 74% of
Whites**, 68% of Asians and Pacific Islanders**, 51% of African-Americans**,
and 35% of Hispanics. The increase in educational levels is also
evident within these groups. In 1970, only 30% of older Whites
and 9% of older African-Americans were high school graduates.
Current Population Survey, Annual Social and Economic Supplement
(formerly the Annual Demographic Survey), 2002 and
related tables on the Census Bureau website)
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