Overall Educational Attainment

What is the indicator?

Overall educational attainment measures the highest level of education attained by a given individual: for example, an individual counted in the percentage of the measured population with a master’s or professional degree can be assumed to also have a bachelor’s degree and a high school diploma, but they are not counted in the population percentages for those two categories.

Only members of the population aged 25 and older are included in these educational attainment estimates, sourced from the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey.

 

What does the data say? Are there any notable trends?

 

Overall Educational Attainment

 Less than 9th grade 9th to 12th grade, no diploma High school graduate (including equivalency) Some college, no degree Associate's degree Bachelor's degree Graduate or professional degree 
Estimate (%)Margin of ErrorEstimate (%)Margin of ErrorEstimate (%)Margin of ErrorEstimate (%)Margin of ErrorEstimate (%)Margin of ErrorEstimate (%)Margin of ErrorEstimate (%)Margin of Error
20062.90.95.81.024.21.718.81.77.01.220.71.720.81.8
20072.40.84.80.824.12.216.51.87.21.122.91.722.11.7
20083.00.84.71.022.11.919.71.98.31.120.61.821.71.7
20091.90.74.21.125.52.221.01.87.61.218.31.921.41.5
20102.60.95.71.222.22.420.52.48.01.120.62.020.42.4
20112.30.83.70.822.92.219.91.88.11.320.92.122.11.9
20121.90.74.11.223.61.719.61.77.61.222.61.920.520.5
20131.70.63.51.123.31.921.32.08.11.223.32.018.91.7
20141.90.63.60.722.42.120.51.99.41.321.81.920.52.0
20151.10.53.40.822.62.318.92.28.11.222.02.123.92.0

 

Overall educational attainment in Champaign County has remained relatively stable. Champaign County has a somewhat greater percentage of its population holding a bachelor’s degree than the United States (22.0% (+/-2.1) compared to  19.0% (+/0.1)), and a significantly greater percentage of its population holding a graduate or professional degree than the United States and Illinois (23.9% (+/-2.0) compared to 11.6% (+/-0.1) and 12.7% (+/-0.2), respectively).

 

Why is this important?/Why did we include it in our set of indicators?

Overall educational attainment is the broadest education indicator available, providing information about the measured county population as a whole.

 

Where did we get the data, and how often is it released?

Educational attainment data was sourced from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates, which are released annually.

As with any datasets that are estimates rather than exact counts, it is important to take into account the margins of error (listed in the column beside each figure) when drawing conclusions from the data.

 

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey, 2015 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates, Table S1501; generated by CCRPC staff; using American FactFinder; (19 September 2016).; U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey, 2014 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates, Table S1501; generated by CCRPC staff; using American FactFinder; (16 March 2016).; U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey, 2013 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates, Table S1501; generated by CCRPC staff; using American FactFinder; (16 March 2016).; U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey, 2012 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates, Table S1501; generated by CCRPC staff; using American FactFinder; (16 March 2016).; U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey, 2011 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates, Table S1501; generated by CCRPC staff; using American FactFinder; (16 March 2016).; U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey, 2010 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates, Table S1501; generated by CCRPC staff; using American FactFinder; (16 March 2016).; U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey, 2009 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates, Table S1501; generated by CCRPC staff; using American FactFinder; (16 March 2016).; U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey, 2008 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates, Table S1501; generated by CCRPC staff; using American FactFinder; (16 March 2016).; U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey, 2007 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates, Table S1501; generated by CCRPC staff; using American FactFinder; (16 March 2016).; U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey, 2006 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates, Table S1501; generated by CCRPC staff; using American FactFinder; (16 March 2016).; U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey, 2005 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates, Table S1501; generated by CCRPC staff; using American FactFinder; (16 March 2016).