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A Profile of Older Americans: 2004

Education

The educational level of the older population is increasing. Between 1970 and 2003, the percentage who had completed high school rose from 28% to 71%. Over 17% in 2003 had a bachelor's degree or more. The percentage who had completed high school varied considerably by race and ethnic origin in 2003: 76% of Whites**, 70% of Asians and Pacific Islanders, 52% of African-Americans, and 36% of Hispanics. The increase in educational levels is also evident within these groups. In 1970, only 30% of older Whites and 9% of older African-Americans were high school graduates.

(Source: Current Population Survey, Annual Social and Economic Supplement, 2003 and related tables on the Census Bureau website)

 

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