Educational attainment of non-Hispanic white women and men (1979–1999 and 2000–2017) and of Hispanic women and men by nativity and national origin (1994–1999 and 2000–2017): Average percent shares at each education level and percentage-point changes in shares across time periods

All Men Women
Average share (1979–1999) Average share (2000–2017) Change (ppt.) Average share (1979–1999) Average share (2000–2017) Change (ppt.) Average share (1979–1999) Average share (2000–2017) Change (ppt.)
White, non-Hispanic
Less than high school 10.2% 4.2% -6.0 11.6% 5.1% -6.5 8.0% 3.1% -5.0
High school 37.3 28.4 -8.9 36.0 30.3 -5.7 39.3 25.9 -13.4
Some college 25.6 29.2 3.6 24.7 28.0 3.4 26.9 30.7 3.8
Bachelor’s degree or higher 27.0 38.2 11.3 27.7 36.6 8.8 25.8 40.3 14.5
All Hispanic
Less than high school 39.6 30.8 -8.8 44.4 35.7 -8.6 31.2 22.6 -8.6
High school 30.8 31.5 0.7 28.8 32.0 3.2 34.3 30.7 -3.6
Some college 19.4 22.5 3.2 17.5 19.6 2.1 22.7 27.5 4.8
Bachelor’s degree or higher 10.3 15.2 4.9 9.4 12.7 3.3 11.8 19.3 7.4
Average share (1994–1999) Average share (2000–2017) Change (ppt.) Average share (1994–1999) Average share (2000–2017) Change (ppt.) Average share (1994–1999) Average share (2000–2017) Change (ppt.)
All Hispanic, U.S.-born
Less than high school 19.4% 12.9% -6.5 22.4% 15.0% -7.3 15.4% 10.2% -5.1
High school 36.6 34.7 -1.8 36.2 37.0 0.8 37.1 31.9 -5.2
Some college 30.3 32.6 2.3 28.7 30.5 1.8 32.5 35.2 2.7
Bachelor’s degree or higher 13.7 19.8 6.1 12.8 17.5 4.7 15.1 22.7 7.7
All Hispanic, foreign-born
Less than high school 52.7 46.2 -6.5 56.3 50.2 -6.1 44.7 37.5 -7.2
High school 24.7 28.9 4.2 24.0 28.6 4.7 26.3 29.4 3.2
Some college 14.2 13.9 -0.3 12.4 11.9 -0.4 18.2 18.1 -0.1
Bachelor’s degree or higher 8.5 11.1 2.6 7.4 9.3 1.8 10.8 15.0 4.2
Mexican American
Less than high school 43.7 36.1 -7.6 48.6 41.1 -7.5 34.0 26.8 -7.2
High school 29.3 32.1 2.7 27.9 32.2 4.3 32.2 31.9 -0.4
Some college 19.4 20.9 1.5 17.0 17.8 0.8 24.2 26.8 2.6
Bachelor’s degree or higher 7.5 10.9 3.4 6.5 8.9 2.4 9.5 14.5 4.9
Puerto Rican
Less than high school 22.1 13.4 -8.7 25.8 16.3 -9.5 17.0 10.1 -7.0
High school 35.4 34.1 -1.3 36.0 36.5 0.5 34.6 31.2 -3.3
Some college 28.5 30.8 2.2 25.2 28.3 3.0 33.1 33.7 0.6
Bachelor’s degree or higher 13.9 21.7 7.8 12.9 18.9 6.0 15.3 25.0 9.7
Cuban American
Less than high school 14.8 9.3 -5.5 17.2 11.3 -5.9 11.3 6.7 -4.6
High school 29.0 32.9 3.8 28.4 34.6 6.3 29.8 30.6 0.7
Some college 28.1 25.2 -2.9 27.8 24.1 -3.7 28.5 26.7 -1.8
Bachelor’s degree or higher 28.1 32.6 4.5 26.6 29.9 3.3 30.3 36.0 5.7

Note: The population is U.S. full-time workers ages 18–64.

Source: EPI analysis of Current Population Survey Outgoing Rotation Group microdata from the U.S. Census Bureau

View the underlying data on epi.org.