A Profile of Older Americans: 2006
The educational level of the older population is increasing. Between 1970 and 2005, the percentage who had completed high school rose from 28% to 74%. Almost 19% in 2005 had a bachelor's degree or more. The percentage who had completed high school varied considerably by race and ethnic origin in 2005: 79% of Whites**, 66% of Asians and Pacific Islanders, 54% of African-Americans, and 40% 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.
(Source: Current Population Survey, Annual Social and Economic Supplement, 2005 and related tables on the Census Bureau website)
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