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A Profile of Older Americans: 2009


The educational level of the older population is increasing. Between 1970 and 2008, the percentage of older persons who had completed high school rose from 28% to 77.4%. About 20.5% in 2008 had a bachelor's degree or higher. The percentage who had completed high school varied considerably by race and ethnic origin in 2008: 82.3% of Whites**, 73.9% of Asians and Pacific Islanders, 59.8% of African-Americans, and 45.9% 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, 2008 and related tables on the Census Bureau website)

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