Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Census data on education, gender and race

Reno Gazette-Journal:

The new census data looks at educational levels for those 25 and older in 2004 broken down by a number of characteristics.

Those who have a high school diploma or higher education nationwide reached record numbers, with 85 percent of those 25 and older reporting they had completed high school and 28 percent earning at least a bachelor’s degree.

High school graduation rates for women continued to outpace those of men, with 85.4 percent compared with 84.8 percent. Men continued to top women when it came to earning bachelor’s degrees, with 29.4 percent compared with 26.1 percent.

Non-white Hispanics led in high school graduation rates with 90 percent earning their diplomas, followed by Asians with 86.8 percent, African Americans with 80.6 percent and Hispanics with 58.4 percent.

Asians led the way in earning bachelor’s degrees with 49.4 percent, followed by non-white Hispanics with 30.6 percent, African Americans with 17.6 percent and Hispanics with 12.1 percent.

The proportion of the foreign-born population with high school diplomas was 67.2 percent, lower than that of the native population’s 88.3 percent.

The data were collected in the Annual Social and Economic Supplement to the Current Population Survey.

The lower percentages for Hispanics does not bode well for claims that more Hispanic immigrants will help the long-term performance of the U.S. economy.


At 10:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Non-white Hispanics? Do you mean Non-Hispanic whites?

At 1:48 PM, Blogger Adam Lawson said...

Unfortunately that is the way that it was written in the original article. It seems that the newspaper's proof-reader did not catch the mistake.

At 5:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny, I caught the same mistake (I also assume it is a mistake).

Not that long ago I read a piece that attempts to predict the drop in per capita GDP (of a country other than the US) that will result (can there be any doubt?) as more intelligence-challenged immigrants arrive.

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