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A Profile of Older Americans: 2007


The educational level of the older population is increasing. Between 1970 and 2006, the percentage who had completed high school rose from 28% to 77.5%.  About 19.5% in 2006 had a bachelor's degree or more.  The percentage who had completed high school varied considerably by race and ethnic origin in 2006: 80.4% of Whites**, 70.1% of Asians and Pacific Islanders, 55.1 of African-Americans, and 39.7% 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, 2007 and related tables on the Census Bureau website)

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