The majority of adults have less than a four-year college degree: Shares of 18- to 21-year-olds and over-21-year-olds with a given level of education, 2019

Less than high school High school Some college Bachelor’s degree Advanced degree
18- to 21-year-olds 20.3% 34.0% 44.0% 1.5% 0.2%
Over-21-year-olds 10.2% 28.6% 27.0% 21.9% 12.3%

Notes: “High school” refers to high school diploma or equivalent. The 2019 analysis here pools the most recent 36 months of data, March 2016–February 2019.

Source: EPI analysis of Current Population Survey basic monthly microdata from the U.S. Census Bureau (EPI 2019)

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