Education Levels of Adults
What does this measure?
The number of residents with a particular level of education, expressed as a percentage of all residents 25 and older.
Why is this important?
An educated population makes a more attractive workforce and is better prepared to instruct the next generation of residents. High educational attainment represents a region's investment in human capital and preparation for long-term growth.
How is Dutchess County performing?
In 2010-14, 62% of adults in Dutchess had attended at least some college, compared with 60% of adults in the state (excluding NYC) and 58% of adults in the nation. Dutchess' rate of adults who had attended at least some college rose by 6 points from 2000 to 2010-14. Dutchess County had the highest proportion of residents with a bachelor's degree or higher in the Mid-Hudson Valley, at 33%, compared to 30% for Ulster and the region and 29% for Orange.
Local areas with particularly large shares of residents with a bachelor's degree or higher were Rhinebeck, Red Hook, Union Vale, Clinton, and Milan (all more than 40%). The county's cities had some of the lowest rates, with Poughkeepsie at 22% and Beacon at 26%.
Notes about the data
The multiyear figures are from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The bureau combined five years of responses to the survey to provide estimates for smaller geographic areas and increase the precision of its estimates. However, because the information came from a survey, the samples responding to the survey were not always large enough to produce reliable results, especially in small geographic areas. CGR has noted on data tables the estimates with relatively large margins of error. Estimates with three asterisks have the largest margins, plus or minus 50% or more of the estimate. Two asterisks mean plus or minus 35%-50%, and one asterisk means plus or minus 20%-35%. For all estimates, the confidence level is 90%, meaning there is 90% probability the true value (if the whole population were surveyed) would be within the margin of error (or confidence interval). The survey provides data on characteristics of the population that used to be collected only during the decennial census. Data for this indicator are expected to be released in the fourth quarter.