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Education Levels of Adults, 2013-17


Education Levels of Adults, 2013-17

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What does this measure?

The number of residents with a particular level of education, expressed as a percentage of all residents 25 and older.

Why is this important?

An educated population makes a more attractive workforce and is better prepared to instruct the next generation of residents. High educational attainment represents a region's investment in human capital and preparation for long-term growth.

How is our county doing?

In 2013-17, 39% of adults in Essex County had at least a bachelor's degree, up from 31% in 2000. That was higher than the national rate of 31% and slightly below Massachusetts' rate of 42%. Only 11% of Essex County adults lacked a high school diploma, while 25% were high school graduates and 25% had attended some college. These proportions were very similar to the state. The nation had a slightly higher percentage of people who attended some college (29%).

Within the County, the cities of Lawrence and Lynn had much lower levels of education, with 11% and 20%, respectively, of adults having earned at least a bachelor's. About a third in Lawrence lacked a high school diploma, compared to 21% in Lynn. Communities with the highest shares of residents with at least a bachelor's degree included Andover (74%) and Marblehead (70%).

How do we compare to similar counties?

Essex County's 2013-17 rate of adults with bachelor's or higher degrees was lower than the comparison counties: 54% in Middlesex, MA, 48% in Westchester, NY, and 44% in Lake, IL.

Notes about the data

Adults are people 25 and older. The multi-year figures are from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The bureau combined five years of responses to the survey to provide estimates for smaller geographic areas and increase the precision of its estimates. However, because the information came from a survey, the samples responding to the survey were not always large enough to produce reliable results, especially in small geographic areas. CGR has noted on data tables the estimates with relatively large margins of error. Estimates with three asterisks have the largest margins, plus or minus 50% or more of the estimate. Two asterisks mean plus or minus 35%-50%, and one asterisk means plus or minus 20%-35%. For all estimates, the confidence level is 90%, meaning there is 90% probability the true value (if the whole population were surveyed) would be within the margin of error (or confidence interval).

The survey provides data on characteristics of the population that used to be collected only during the decennial census. Data for this indicator are released annually in December.

Education Levels of Adults, 2013-17
Bachelor's degree or higherHigh school graduate, GED, or alternativeLess than high school diplomaSome college or associate's degree
Essex County, MA39%25%11%25%
Amesbury42%26%6%**26%
Beverly48%23%6%23%
Gloucester39%27%9%25%
Haverhill30%29%11%30%
Lawrence11%32%32%24%
Lynn20%32%21%27%
Methuen29%31%12%28%
Newburyport61%15%3%****21%
Peabody31%33%10%26%
Salem41%25%9%25%
Andover74%9%3%**15%
Boxford60%13%**2%******24%
Danvers41%24%6%**29%
Essex58%16%**2%******24%**
Georgetown48%21%2%****29%
Groveland40%24%**3%******33%
Hamilton69%11%**2%******19%
Ipswich51%21%3%****25%
Lynnfield53%21%4%****23%
Manchester61%17%**3%******19%**
Marblehead70%9%2%****18%
Merrimac48%22%5%******25%
Middleton40%27%8%**25%
Nahant53%22%**2%******22%**
Newbury57%14%**4%******26%**
North Andover62%15%3%**20%
Rockport52%21%2%******25%
Rowley44%24%2%******30%**
Salisbury30%32%7%**31%
Saugus27%36%9%28%
Swampscott55%17%5%**23%
Topsfield59%15%**3%******23%**
Wenham64%17%**1%******18%**
West Newbury53%18%**2%******26%
Middlesex County, MA54%20%7%19%
Lake County, IL44%21%10%25%
Westchester County, NY48%20%12%20%
Massachusetts42%25%10%23%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Adults are people 25 and older. Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.




Education Levels of Adults, 2013-17
Bachelor's degree or higherHigh school graduate, GED, or alternativeLess than high school diplomaSome college or associate's degree
Essex County, MA207,385135,57356,716134,614
Amesbury5,1373,254707**3,194
Beverly13,7226,4981,6206,657
Gloucester8,7826,1912,0665,688
Haverhill12,97212,6174,64813,154
Lawrence5,48015,67015,67311,646
Lynn11,87519,57912,58916,478
Methuen9,86110,3003,9909,564
Newburyport8,2691,994425****2,859
Peabody11,88812,5903,92810,141
Salem12,3817,4312,7227,557
Andover17,0951,983610**3,519
Boxford3,483740**137******1,399
Danvers8,2704,9021,173**5,748
Essex1,525425**46******617**
Georgetown2,8931,287144****1,731
Groveland1,7971,076**149******1,474
Hamilton3,616568**82******981
Ipswich5,1112,076315****2,471
Lynnfield4,6591,798315****1,998
Manchester2,434669**105******766**
Marblehead10,3481,325347****2,707
Merrimac2,3101,045231******1,226
Middleton2,7111,852510**1,681
Nahant1,534649**72******643**
Newbury2,913697**184******1,329**
North Andover12,4643,004584**4,093
Rockport2,9021,174136******1,404
Rowley1,9001,040102******1,316**
Salisbury1,9952,153465**2,051
Saugus5,5207,5171,9615,828
Swampscott5,5441,753458**2,366
Topsfield2,666703**121******1,059**
Wenham1,652436**25******461**
West Newbury1,676577**76******808
Middlesex County, MA598,699222,20579,151206,488
Lake County, IL201,65396,10044,378113,643
Westchester County, NY318,873130,49382,929135,807
Massachusetts1,980,8611,162,683458,0801,104,912

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Adults are people 25 and older. Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.




Education Levels of Adults, 2000
Bachelor's degree or higherHigh school graduate, GED, or alternativeLess than high school diplomaSome college or associate's degree
Essex County, MA31%28%15%25%
Beverly37%28%9%26%
Gloucester27%31%14%27%
Haverhill23%31%16%29%
Lawrence10%30%42%19%
Lynn16%34%26%24%
Methuen23%33%18%26%
Newburyport42%21%10%27%
Peabody23%35%15%27%
Salem31%28%15%26%
Andover63%14%4%19%
Boxford63%13%1%23%
Danvers33%29%10%28%
Essex36%26%9%29%
Georgetown38%25%10%27%
Groveland34%24%8%34%
Hamilton53%17%6%25%
Ipswich41%23%8%28%
Lynnfield49%21%5%24%
Manchester56%18%4%22%
Marblehead61%14%4%21%
Merrimac31%30%10%29%
Middleton29%27%20%24%
Nahant47%22%5%26%
Newbury44%25%4%27%
North Andover50%20%7%23%
Rockport44%22%5%29%
Rowley36%26%10%28%
Salisbury17%40%16%27%
Saugus19%39%12%29%
Swampscott50%19%5%26%
Topsfield52%19%3%26%
Wenham51%16%6%27%
West Newbury57%17%3%22%
Middlesex County, MA44%23%12%21%
Lake County, IL39%21%13%27%
Westchester County, NY41%22%16%21%
Massachusetts33%27%15%24%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Adults are people 25 and older. Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.




Education Levels of Adults, 2000
Bachelor's degree or higherHigh school graduate, GED, or alternativeLess than high school diplomaSome college or associate's degree
Essex County, MA152,225136,74474,967123,167
Beverly10,0967,6812,5537,303
Gloucester5,9386,7983,0985,764
Haverhill9,20412,2336,44211,475
Lawrence4,07812,12117,1147,627
Lynn9,33719,35314,75713,646
Methuen6,8869,9625,4517,663
Newburyport5,4282,7031,2433,470
Peabody7,91811,9065,1089,342
Salem8,7728,0184,1587,221
Andover13,0622,9259373,973
Boxford3,151656391,170
Danvers5,8705,2071,7304,970
Essex827592207654
Georgetown1,8701,2294711,299
Groveland1,3519593041,342
Hamilton2,9019163301,377
Ipswich3,8542,1447242,589
Lynnfield3,9931,7274451,928
Manchester2,074680149801
Marblehead9,0552,0635233,083
Merrimac1,2471,2203951,186
Middleton1,5761,4771,0501,273
Nahant1,334605152719
Newbury2,0331,1452021,253
North Andover8,8923,5011,2274,052
Rockport2,5391,2342781,665
Rowley1,305943374997
Salisbury9412,1708791,503
Saugus3,6557,4702,3565,540
Swampscott5,1291,9085302,647
Topsfield2,1497761311,079
Wenham1,217395136655
West Newbury1,59547194627
Middlesex County, MA438,733235,369116,066216,329
Lake County, IL153,72685,05653,459106,024
Westchester County, NY256,924138,814103,456129,747
Massachusetts1,418,2951,165,489651,0931,038,398

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Adults are people 25 and older. Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.




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