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 the region performing?
In 2010-14, 60% of adults in the Mid-Hudson Valley had attended at least some college, similar to the state (excluding NYC) and national rates. The regional rate increased 7 points from 2000 through 2010-14. In 2010-14, 30% of the region's residents had a 4-year degree or higher, compared to 25% in 2000. Just 11% of residents did not have a high school diploma, 6 points less than in 2000. Educational attainment among counties in the region was highest in Dutchess County, with 33% of residents possessing a 4-year degree or higher, compared to 29% in Orange and 30% in Ulster. For each attainment level, there was little variation between the counties.
Local areas with particularly high shares of residents with a bachelor's degree or higher were New Paltz and Woodstock in Ulster, Cornwall and Tuxedo Park in Orange, and Rhinebeck in Dutchess. Lower rates were found in some of the region's cities, including Poughkeepsie (22%), Kingston (20%), Middletown (19%), 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.