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A Profile of Older Americans: 2010


The educational level of the older population is increasing. Between 1970 and 2009, the percentage of older persons who had completed high school rose from 28% to 78.3%. About 21.7% in 2009 had a bachelor's degree or higher. The percentage who had completed high school varied considerably by race and ethnic origin in 2009: 83.1% of Whites**, 71.9% of Asians and Pacific Islanders, 63.8% of African-Americans, and 45.9% 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, 2009 and related tables on the U.S. Census Bureau web site)

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