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A Profile of Older Americans: 2011


The educational level of the older population is increasing. Between 1970 and 2010, the percentage of older persons who had completed high school rose from 28% to 79.5%. About 22.5% in 2010 had a bachelor's degree or higher. The percentage who had completed high school varied considerably by race and ethnic origin in 2010: 84.3% of Whites**, 73.6% of Asians, 64.8% of African-Americans, and 47.0% 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, 2010 and related tables on the U.S. Census Bureau web site)

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