Over the past decade, Americans have become more educated. The rate of residents receiving a high school diploma or GED is on an upward trend.
In 2011, 28% of Americans had not graduated high school or received a GED – the same percentage that had received a bachelor’s degree or higher. As of 2021, 35% of Americans have at least a bachelor’s degree, compared with 26% of Americans without a high school diploma or GED.
Data from the US Census Bureau’s American Communities Survey collects information on maximum educational attainment by age group, location and gender. The data used here highlights the maximum educational attainment of the population 25 and older.
Washington, DC is continuously ranked as the most educated region in the country, with 63% of the population receiving a bachelor's degree or higher as of 2021. Massachusetts followed closely with 47% of the population obtaining a bachelor’s degree or higher. Washington, DC is home to 19 four-year colleges/universities, and Boston, the largest city in Massachusetts, is home to 22 four-year colleges/universities, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.