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Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity, 2013-17

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Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity, 2013-17

What does this measure?

The number of residents with a particular level of education, expressed as a percentage of all residents 25 and older, broken down by race and ethnicity.

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?

The proportion of residents with a bachelor's degree or higher in 2013-17 was highest among Asian residents (57%) in the Mid-Hudson Valley, followed by white (32%), African American (21%), and Hispanic (20%) residents. These disparities in educational levels among racial and ethnic groups were very similar to those at the state level (excluding NYC).

From 2000 to 2013-17, rates for residents with a bachelor's degree or higher rose 9 percentage points for African American residents, 7 points for Hispanics and white residents, and 1 point for Asian residents.

Local areas with particularly high shares of white residents with a bachelor's degree or higher included Woodstock in Ulster (61%), New Paltz village (65%), and Tuxedo Park village in Orange (70%). The populations in some of the other local areas, when broken down by race and ethnicity, were too small to yield reliable survey results.

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.


Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity, 2013-17
AsianBlack or African AmericanHispanicWhite
Region17%36%29%29%
Columbia County22%**25%*25%*29%
Dutchess County15%36%31%30%
Greene County17%***18%**11%**28%
Orange County20%40%30%30%
Putnam County20%*32%*26%26%
Sullivan County14%***36%28%30%
Ulster County16%*29%30%29%
NYS (excluding NYC)15%32%25%28%
U.S.19%33%24%29%
Columbia Cities
Hudson25%***30%**38%***30%
Columbia Towns
Ancram11%***0%***19%***22%*
Austerlitz44%***0%***0%***23%*
Canaan17%***N/A***8%***25%
Chatham0%***42%***29%***27%*
Claverack26%***12%***38%***30%*
Clermont21%***12%***20%***26%
Copake0%***0%***39%***23%*
Gallatin9%***90%***35%***25%*
Germantown35%***71%***51%***36%
Ghent19%***4%***7%***33%
Greenport13%***5%***10%***24%*
Hillsdale0%***N/A***40%***26%*
Kinderhook29%***0%***25%***29%
Livingston0%***29%***0%***30%
New Lebanon55%***0%***0%***30%*
StockportN/A***63%***27%***30%*
StuyvesantN/A***33%***39%***37%*
Taghkanic71%***0%***34%***24%*
Columbia Villages
Chatham38%***0%***50%***38%*
Kinderhook0%***N/A***0%***24%*
Philmont26%***45%***0%***33%*
Valatie32%***0%***16%***30%*
Dutchess Cities
Beacon27%***38%*24%**30%
Poughkeepsie0%***34%21%*29%
Dutchess Towns
AmeniaN/A***16%***36%***32%*
Beekman24%***30%*19%**31%
Clinton35%***0%***6%***31%
Dover55%***43%***33%**29%
East Fishkill13%***25%***34%**25%
Fishkill9%***38%*28%*29%
Hyde Park26%***55%**47%**31%
La Grange10%***28%***52%*31%
Milan38%***0%***11%***31%
North East3%***0%***19%***32%
Pawling37%***21%***44%*29%
Pine Plains0%***38%***31%***34%
Pleasant Valley67%***48%***26%***32%
Poughkeepsie9%**39%*41%*31%
Red Hook0%***34%***29%***29%
Rhinebeck0%***31%***24%***24%
Stanford0%***53%***41%***36%
Union Vale0%***0%***68%***29%
Wappinger21%**43%*32%*32%
Washington26%***9%***33%***27%
Dutchess Villages
Fishkill7%***8%***10%***27%*
Millbrook26%***43%***18%***28%*
Millerton3%***0%***53%***37%*
Pawling50%***33%***44%***26%*
Red Hook0%***16%***0%***24%*
Rhinebeck0%***35%***20%***23%*
Tivoli0%***0%***42%***28%*
Wappingers Falls20%***27%***25%***30%*
Greene Towns
Ashland0%***N/A***0%***26%*
Athens37%***24%***0%***28%
Cairo23%***0%***11%***33%
Catskill0%***32%***21%***25%
Coxsackie16%***13%**8%***26%
Durham32%***0%***0%***32%
Greenville0%***0%***0%***30%
HalcottN/A***N/A***0%***33%*
Hunter0%***0%***0%***29%*
JewettN/A***N/A***100%***32%*
LexingtonN/A***N/A***8%***28%*
New BaltimoreN/A***93%***22%***28%*
PrattsvilleN/A***N/A***N/A***24%*
WindhamN/A***N/A***0%***26%
Greene Villages
Athens56%***19%***N/A***27%*
Catskill0%***28%***28%***21%*
Coxsackie53%***57%***11%***31%*
HunterN/A***0%***N/A***30%***
Tannersville0%***N/A***N/A***19%**
Orange Cities
Middletown12%***46%22%*28%
Newburgh24%***32%17%20%
Port Jervis31%***33%***32%***29%
Orange Towns
Blooming Grove23%***41%**38%*37%
Chester30%***43%**39%**33%
Cornwall7%***100%***42%**25%
Crawford0%***31%***34%**36%
Deerpark0%***40%***38%***30%
Goshen35%***16%**24%**31%
Greenville20%***70%***70%**28%
Hamptonburgh18%***68%***40%**31%
Highlands11%***32%***45%*28%
Minisink58%***51%***24%***30%*
Monroe23%***26%**34%24%
Montgomery15%***36%**32%*30%
Mount Hope18%***41%*32%*34%
New Windsor33%***42%*34%*33%
Newburgh12%***44%*26%*32%
Tuxedo13%***36%***54%***22%*
Wallkill23%***44%41%32%
Warwick21%***44%**37%*31%
Wawayanda28%***32%***41%***31%
Woodbury5%***54%***25%*31%
Orange Villages
Chester8%***50%***44%**37%*
Cornwall-on-Hudson34%***N/A***46%***27%*
Florida42%***61%***55%**34%
Goshen50%***38%***21%***26%
Greenwood LakeN/A***100%***5%***43%*
Harriman0%***37%**31%***32%*
Highland Falls7%***35%***36%**34%*
Kiryas JoelN/A***0%***4%***15%
Maybrook29%***27%***38%**33%
Monroe14%***33%***38%*29%
Montgomery26%***32%***27%***26%
Otisville19%***47%***59%***38%*
South Blooming Grove15%***25%***43%*41%
Tuxedo Park14%***40%***0%***18%**
UnionvilleN/A***0%***22%***25%**
Walden0%***49%***42%**31%
Warwick0%***35%***44%***28%
Washingtonville31%***51%**32%**32%
Woodbury6%***50%***24%**31%
Putnam Towns
Carmel19%***19%***40%*28%
Kent22%***23%***24%*31%
Patterson20%***31%**23%**21%
Philipstown24%***52%***25%***24%
Putnam Valley13%***68%***19%***23%
Southeast20%***47%***16%**27%
Putnam Villages
Brewster50%***31%***8%***20%**
Cold Spring32%***38%***58%***24%*
Nelsonville0%***0%***16%***18%*
Sullivan Towns
Bethel0%***43%***36%***29%*
Callicoon35%***87%***37%***30%*
Cochecton83%***28%***24%***32%*
Delaware23%***43%***17%***34%*
Fallsburg6%***30%*21%*29%
Forestburgh27%***31%***21%***28%*
Fremont0%***8%***63%***21%*
Highland67%***32%***45%***27%*
Liberty40%***49%***21%**31%
Lumberland8%***71%***50%***34%*
Mamakating0%***57%**44%**29%
NeversinkN/A***68%***47%***35%
Rockland0%***52%***0%***25%*
Thompson2%***31%*29%*30%
Tusten17%***10%***47%***29%*
Sullivan Villages
BloomingburgN/A***59%***31%***22%***
Jeffersonville31%***0%***52%***34%**
Liberty46%***46%***15%***38%*
Monticello0%***26%**19%***27%*
Woodridge30%***22%***15%***32%**
Wurtsboro0%***29%***26%***33%*
Ulster Cities
Kingston6%***26%*28%*27%
Ulster Towns
Denning0%***N/A***30%***30%*
Esopus43%***30%***17%***30%
GardinerN/A***55%***33%***22%*
Hardenburgh0%***N/A***N/A***27%**
Hurley30%***9%***7%***30%
Kingston0%***N/A***63%***32%
Lloyd24%***46%***21%**30%
Marbletown0%***15%***65%***26%*
Marlborough67%***27%***7%***30%
New Paltz15%***48%***31%***21%
Olive0%***0%***24%***28%
Plattekill11%***54%***29%**27%
Rochester10%***0%***77%***29%
Rosendale15%***31%***29%***32%
Saugerties34%***16%***28%**34%
ShandakenN/A***N/A***20%***24%*
Shawangunk31%***21%***37%*34%
Ulster8%***37%***30%**30%
Wawarsing32%***33%**28%*28%
Woodstock9%***26%***15%***22%
Ulster Villages
Ellenville44%***58%***23%***27%*
New Paltz0%***49%***36%***18%*
SaugertiesN/A***23%***38%***34%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Adults are people 25 and older. Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%. The Census Bureau asks people to identify their race (white, African-American, etc.) separate from their ethnicity (Hispanic or non-Hispanic). So the totals for these categories cannot be added together, as people show up in both a racial and ethnic group.




Number of Adults, by Education Level and Race/Ethnicity, 2013-17
AsianBlack or African AmericanHispanicWhite
Region3,48822,35125,676188,924
Columbia County151**469*383*12,058
Dutchess County1,1257,4116,09349,084
Greene County55***327**167**9,091
Orange County1,3199,99012,10755,708
Putnam County330*585*2,11716,743
Sullivan County134***1,4821,81613,313
Ulster County374*2,0872,99332,927
NYS (excluding NYC)43,821203,378173,1681,790,579
U.S.2,257,9548,458,6017,627,65148,099,972
Columbia Cities
Hudson76***288**103***939
Columbia Towns
Ancram4***0***5***212*
Austerlitz8***0***0***242*
Canaan3***0***1***306
Chatham0***70***30***740*
Claverack6***5***12***1,276*
Clermont7***3***15***336
Copake0***0***41***609*
Gallatin2***18***11***299*
Germantown6***17***45***477
Ghent3***6***7***1,268
Greenport7***11***12***672*
Hillsdale0***0***8***324*
Kinderhook7***0***60***1,734
Livingston0***5***0***797
New Lebanon17***0***0***500*
Stockport0***40***14***533*
Stuyvesant0***6***9***576*
Taghkanic5***0***10***218*
Columbia Villages
Chatham3***0***7***407*
Kinderhook0***0***0***254*
Philmont6***5***0***246*
Valatie7***0***8***326*
Dutchess Cities
Beacon68***625*485**2,252
Poughkeepsie0***2,457678*3,293
Dutchess Towns
Amenia0***30***46***889*
Beekman41***372*227**2,560
Clinton13***0***6***875
Dover60***133***303**1,474
East Fishkill117***116***442**4,499
Fishkill107***814*593*3,612
Hyde Park127***456**297**3,883
La Grange66***82***361*2,946
Milan6***0***5***495
North East2***0***56***655
Pawling34***33***218*1,543
Pine Plains0***5***20***614
Pleasant Valley76***184***106***2,076
Poughkeepsie160**1,403*1,095*6,496
Red Hook0***42***105***1,808
Rhinebeck0***60***47***1,379
Stanford0***41***60***968
Union Vale0***0***64***949
Wappinger242**550*829*4,969
Washington6***8***50***849
Dutchess Villages
Fishkill6***8***18***336*
Millbrook6***3***11***291*
Millerton2***0***25***205*
Pawling9***15***84***333*
Red Hook0***6***0***262*
Rhinebeck0***29***14***418*
Tivoli0***0***8***167*
Wappingers Falls56***108***192***775*
Greene Towns
Ashland0***0***0***158*
Athens17***9***0***778
Cairo17***0***29***1,491
Catskill0***169***69***1,827
Coxsackie9***135**51***1,243
Durham12***0***0***558
Greenville0***0***0***715
Halcott0***0***0***77*
Hunter0***0***0***594*
Jewett0***0***8***265*
Lexington0***0***2***227*
New Baltimore0***14***8***700*
Prattsville0***0***0***133*
Windham0***0***0***325
Greene Villages
Athens5***5***0***289*
Catskill0***102***32***455*
Coxsackie9***20***3***568*
Hunter0***0***0***104***
Tannersville0***0***0***113**
Orange Cities
Middletown83***1,7761,435*2,823
Newburgh55***1,2511,2361,232
Port Jervis19***203***130***1,324
Orange Towns
Blooming Grove36***305**635*3,649
Chester152***319**464**1,920
Cornwall18***23***267**1,980
Crawford0***65***178**2,096
Deerpark0***50***109***1,554
Goshen92***98**293**2,616
Greenville15***45***167**838
Hamptonburgh28***75***129**978
Highlands27***233***285*1,222
Minisink11***47***67***829*
Monroe180***241**8753,829
Montgomery39***360**712*4,098
Mount Hope19***436*227*1,317
New Windsor215***920*1,169*4,298
Newburgh62***1,106*828*5,490
Tuxedo10***38***91***520*
Wallkill155***1,5311,6554,129
Warwick59***551**686*5,918
Wawayanda24***54***181***1,214
Woodbury20***263***288*1,834
Orange Villages
Chester19***179***285**637*
Cornwall-on-Hudson13***0***38***506*
Florida8***90***158**541
Goshen58***41***109***812
Greenwood Lake0***33***15***848*
Harriman0***147**146***365*
Highland Falls10***192***140**675*
Kiryas Joel0***0***7***949
Maybrook9***120***164**572
Monroe39***117***445*1,145
Montgomery12***44***122***677
Otisville12***9***37***236*
South Blooming Grove12***49***135*671
Tuxedo Park2***2***0***71**
Unionville0***0***25***92**
Walden0***101***278**1,097
Warwick0***60***138***1,227
Washingtonville24***153**233**938
Woodbury20***196***246**1,755
Putnam Towns
Carmel132***63***911*6,080
Kent19***130***309*2,683
Patterson66***131**285**1,518
Philipstown36***99***121***1,611
Putnam Valley11***47***156***1,870
Southeast66***115***335**2,981
Putnam Villages
Brewster16***16***76***217**
Cold Spring10***5***46***324*
Nelsonville0***0***7***72*
Sullivan Towns
Bethel0***36***62***847*
Callicoon18***13***46***617*
Cochecton5***8***12***337*
Delaware11***47***24***558*
Fallsburg10***320*357*1,949
Forestburgh6***4***6***231*
Fremont0***5***19***177*
Highland8***9***26***476*
Liberty62***211***234**1,717
Lumberland3***5***82***522*
Mamakating0***225**298**2,085
Neversink0***38***42***758
Rockland0***28***0***543*
Thompson6***526*592*2,227
Tusten5***7***16***269*
Sullivan Villages
Bloomingburg0***13***5***51***
Jeffersonville8***0***12***66**
Liberty30***110***99***866*
Monticello0***308**232***671*
Woodridge6***11***18***146**
Wurtsboro0***15***14***274*
Ulster Cities
Kingston33***714*469*3,403
Ulster Towns
Denning0***0***6***115*
Esopus21***31***53***1,793
Gardiner0***66***54***839*
Hardenburgh0***0***0***49**
Hurley10***7***8***1,404
Kingston0***0***22***247
Lloyd14***116***141**2,006
Marbletown0***41***101***991*
Marlborough37***42***17***1,754
New Paltz39***72***142***1,357
Olive0***0***45***883
Plattekill13***235***275**1,850
Rochester6***0***194***1,438
Rosendale5***17***29***1,442
Saugerties51***34***235**4,295
Shandaken0***0***15***528*
Shawangunk49***197***531*3,066
Ulster25***126***174**2,501
Wawarsing59***367**468*2,001
Woodstock12***22***14***965
Ulster Villages
Ellenville59***176***127***499*
New Paltz0***23***55***327*
Saugerties0***9***108***834

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Adults are people 25 and older. Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%. The Census Bureau asks people to identify their race (white, African-American, etc.) separate from their ethnicity (Hispanic or non-Hispanic). So the totals for these categories cannot be added together, as people show up in both a racial and ethnic group.




INDICATORS TREND | STATE
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Decreasing
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity Decreasing
Rate of Child Abuse and Neglect Increasing
Rate of Foster Care Admissions Maintaining
Teen Pregnancy Decreasing
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Juvenile Delinquency Intakes Decreasing
Bullying at School Decreasing
Average Charitable Giving Increasing
Voter Registration Rate Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Total Population Increasing
Population by Age Decreasing
Population by Race/Ethnicity Increasing
Household Types Increasing
Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Employment by Sector Not Applicable
Spending for County Government Increasing
Tourism Revenue Increasing
Preschoolers Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Per-Student Spending Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 4 English, by Student Group Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 4 English, by Race/Ethnicity Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 4 Math, by Student Group Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 4 Math, by Race/Ethnicity Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
High School Cohort Dropout Rate Decreasing
High School GED Rate Decreasing
Plans of High School Graduates Increasing
Education Levels of Adults Increasing
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Increasing
Median Household Income Decreasing
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity Decreasing
People Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Increasing
Seniors Living in Poverty Decreasing
Children Receiving Subsidized Child Care Maintaining
Veterans Living in Poverty Maintaining
Economically Disadvantaged Students Increasing
Earned Income Tax Credit Participation Maintaining
Living Wage Rate by Household Type Increasing
Income in Relation to Poverty Level Maintaining
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Early Prenatal Care, by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Domestic Violence Increasing
Deaths from Drug Overdoses Increasing
Babies with Low Birth Weights Maintaining
People Living wth HIV Decreasing
Mental Health Clinic Visits Decreasing
Homeownership Rates Maintaining
Homeless Persons Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Renters Increasing
Violent Crimes Decreasing


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