10 Feb 2016 Top Large Metros for Black American Bachelor’s Degree Holders are San Jose, Washington DC, Raleigh; Most Improved are San Jose, Austin, Salt Lake City
Recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey illuminates which metros have the highest percentage of adults holding at least a bachelor’s degree. In a previous article, Headlight reported which large metros were host to the greatest percentage of educated men and women. In this article, we look at metros with the greatest share of educated adults among the Black American population.
Bachelor’s degree holders constitute 20% of the U.S. Black population 25 years and older (includes both non-Hispanic and Hispanic Black Americans). Among large metros, the highest percentage of bachelor’s degree holders for Black Americans is found in San Jose (36.1%). Washington, DC (32.2%), Raleigh (29.3%) and Atlanta (26.9%) follow. Other large metros with a high share of bachelor’s holders for Black Americans are Austin, San Antonio and San Francisco.
The lowest percentages of bachelor’s degree holders for Black Americans in large metros are found in Milwaukee (12.7%), Rochester (12.9%) and Grand Rapids (13.2%).
From 2009 to 2014, bachelor’s degree holders in the U.S. increased by 2.1 percentage points for Black Americans. The large metros with the greatest increase are San Jose (+7.3 pts.), Austin (+6.7 pts.) and Salt Lake City (+5.9 pts.).
The least improved large metros for educated Black Americans are Las Vegas (-2.6 pts.), Jacksonville (-1.6 pts.) and Oklahoma City (-1.0 pts.). Grand Rapids, San Diego and Nashville also decreased.
Research, analysis and content developed by Headlight Data. Original data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
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