20 Jan 2016 Women Now More Educated Than Men; New Data Shows Women – Men Education Gap Across U.S. Metros
Recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey illuminates which metros have a higher percentage of women than men, holding at least a bachelor’s degree.
Bachelor’s degree holders constitute 30% of the 2014 U.S. population 25 years and older and for the first time the data shows conclusively (accounting for margin of error) that there are more women (30.2%) than men (29.9%) with bachelor’s degrees or higher. In 2009, men (28.4%) were more educated than women (27.4%) but over 5 years women with degrees rose 2.8 percentage points while men increased only 1.5 points.
Among large metros, women are better educated than men the most in Richmond-VA (+2.6 pts.), followed by New Orleans-LA (+2.1 pts.), Minneapolis-MN (+1.5 pts.) and Grand Rapids-MI (+1.1 pts.). Other large metros with a high ratio of educated women to men are Virginia Beach-VA, Memphis-TN and Denver-CO.
Of the 53 large metros, just one-third (17) have a larger percentage of educated women than men, an indication that educated men and women aren’t distributed evenly across the US.
Among mid-sized metros, women are better educated than men the most in Albuquerque-NM (+4.4 pts.), followed by Springfield-MA (+4.2 pts.), Portland-ME (+3.9 pts.) and Columbia-SC (+3.1 pts.).
Research, analysis and content developed by Headlight Data. Original data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
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