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 Orange County performing?
In 2010-14, 58% of Orange County adults had attended at least some college, lower than the region and state (excluding NYC), and on par with the nation. Orange's rate rose by 7 points from 2000 to 2010-14. In 2010-14, 29% of the adults in Orange had a 4-year degree or higher, the lowest among the counties of the Mid-Hudson Valley. About 12% of Orange residents did not have a high school diploma, larger than the rates in both neighboring Dutchess (10%) and Ulster (11%).
Local areas with the highest shares of residents holding bachelor's degrees or higher included Cornwall-On-Hudson (60%), Tuxedo (56%), and Cornwall (47%). The lowest rates in the county were found in Orange's cities, including Middletown (19%), Port Jervis (17%), and Newburgh (12%).
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.