NC in Focus: Educational attainment by race/ethnicity and nativity

The percentage of North Carolina adults with a bachelor’s degree or higher rose from 22.8% in 2001 to 28.6% in 2014, according to data from the American Community Survey. Asian-Americans had the highest educational attainment, with more than half of North Carolina’s Asian adults holding a bachelor’s degree or higher in 2014.  Non-Hispanic whites also had higher rates of holding bachelor’s degrees than the state overall: 32.4%.

The percentage of Asian adults holding a bachelor’s degree is similar for both the native-born and foreign-born populations. This is not the case for other racial/ethnic groups. For non-Hispanic whites and blacks, foreign-born individuals have a higher proportion with a bachelor’s degree or more compared to the native-born population. In contrast, Hispanic immigrants have much lower educational attainment compared to native-born Hispanics.

Educational attainment varies by race_ethnicity and nativity

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About Rebecca Tippett

Rebecca Tippett is Director of Carolina Demography at UNC-Chapel Hill's Carolina Population Center.
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