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Educational Attainment

A view across a quad at the University of Illinois. Students sit on the grass alone or in groups. Paths crisscross the quad. Many trees line the edges of the quad, and a domed university building, Foellinger Auditorium, is visible at the far end.

Overall educational attainment measures the highest level of education attained by a given individual: for example, an individual counted in the percentage of the measured population with a master’s or professional degree can be assumed to also have a bachelor’s degree and a high school diploma, but they are not counted in the population percentages for those two categories. Overall educational attainment is the broadest education indicator available, providing information about the measured county population as a whole.

Only members of the population aged 25 and older are included in these educational attainment estimates, sourced from the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey.

Champaign County has high educational attainment: almost 45 percent of the county’s population aged 25 or older has a bachelor’s degree or graduate or professional degree as their highest level of education. In comparison, the percentage of the population aged 25 or older in the United States and Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in 2017 was 19.7% (+/-0.1) and 21.0% (+/-0.2), respectively. The population aged 25 or older in the U.S. and Illinois with a graduate or professional degree in 2017, respectively, was 12.3% (+/-0.1) and 13.4% (+/-0.2).

Educational attainment data was sourced from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates, which are released annually.

As with any datasets that are estimates rather than exact counts, it is important to take into account the margins of error (listed in the column beside each figure) when drawing conclusions from the data.

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