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 Ulster County performing?
In 2010-14, 59% of Ulster's adults had attended at least some college, a seven point increase from 2000. The rate in Ulster was 1 point below the region and state (excluding NYC) and 1 point above the nation. About 30% of the county's adults had a bachelor's degree or higher in 2010-14, up from 25% in 2000, while 11% did not have a high school diploma, down from 18% in 2000.
Local areas with the highest share of residents with a bachelor's degree or higher were New Paltz village (65%), Woodstock (56%), New Paltz town (55%), and Marbletown (48%). The lowest rates in the county were found in Kingston (20%), Shawangunk (20%), and Wawarsing (19%).
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.