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Boone Tops Missouri Counties for Bachelor’s Degree Attainment

Graduates Data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey shows that approximately 45 of every 100 people in Boone County, aged 25 years or older, have a Bachelor’s Degree or higher, well above the national average. Following with slightly lower percentages, were St. Louis County (38.4%), Platte (36.0%), St. Charles (32.7%) and Cole (30.0%).

The largest number of college graduates are found in St. Louis County (256,986) followed by Jackson (116,998), St. Charles (72,328), and St. Louis City (57,676).

Missourians Holding Bachelor Degree Aged 25 and Older (2006 to 2008 Estimates)
Area Total Total Number of Bachelor Degree  % of  with Bachelors Degree
United States 197,794,576 54,221,942 27.4%
Missouri 3,886,568 952,961 24.5%
Boone    90,009 40,241 44.7%
St. Louis    669,418 256,986 38.4%
Platte    56,888 20,465 36.0%
St. Charles    220,928 72,328 32.7%
Cole    48,235 14,492 30.0%
Clay    138,634 40,622 29.3%
Greene    171,482 47,008 27.4%
Adair    13,190 3,552 26.9%
Jackson    441,228 116,988 26.5%
Christian    47,434 12,535 26.4%
Cape Girardeau    47,104 12,447 26.4%
St. Louis city 232,408 57,676 24.8%
Nodaway    12,500 2,980 23.8%
Phelps    26,960 6,376 23.6%
Johnson    30,176 7,086 23.5%
Callaway    28,094 5,977 21.3%
Cass    62,875 13,047 20.8%
Taney    30,922 6,303 20.4%
Camden    29,333 5,927 20.2%
Saline    14,730 2,903 19.7%
Jasper    74,291 13,702 18.4%
Marion    18,812 3,458 18.4%
Clinton    13,910 2,547 18.3%
Newton    36,870 6,738 18.3%
Buchanan    59,091 10,228 17.3%
Warren    20,128 3,351 16.6%
Franklin    66,580 10,991 16.5%
Pettis    26,818 4,425 16.5%
Stone    22,925 3,745 16.3%
Lafayette    22,406 3,569 15.9%
Pulaski    23,558 3,708 15.7%
Henry    15,796 2,481 15.7%
Jefferson    142,610 22,349 15.7%
Vernon    13,256 1,986 15.0%
Polk    18,975 2,841 15.0%
Morgan    14,634 2,136 14.6%
Webster    23,367 3,322 14.2%
St. Francois    43,231 5,996 13.9%
Butler    28,169 3,870 13.7%
Scott    26,911 3,570 13.3%
Stoddard    20,651 2,641 12.8%
Ray    15,781 1,993 12.6%
Barry    24,115 3,029 12.6%
Lawrence    25,118 3,115 12.4%
Howell    26,062 3,195 12.3%
Audrain    17,904 2,168 12.1%
Laclede    23,736 2,788 11.7%
Dunklin    21,281 2,451 11.5%
Miller    16,962 1,816 10.7%
Lincoln    31,624 3,340 10.6%
Texas    17,074 1,785 10.5%
Randolph    17,527 1,829 10.4%
Crawford    16,046 1,596 9.9%
McDonald    14,388 1,203 8.4%
Washington    16,278 939 5.8%

Over eighty percent of Missourians aged 25 and over, have attained a high school diploma, slightly higher than the national average.

Of Missouri counties, Platte County had the highest average, with over eighty-nine percent attaining a high school diploma. Christian (86.5%), Cass (85.8%), St. Charles (85.7%), and Clay (85.3%) followed.

Missourians 25 and Older with High School Diploma (2006 to 2008 Estimates) 
Area Total Population Total 25 and over High school or Higher % 25 and over with high School Diploma or Higher
United States 227,431,128 179,500,660 78.9%
Missouri 4,450,742 3,562,695 80.0%
Platte  63,813 56,997 89.3%
Christian  53,542 46,288 86.5%
Cass  71,244 61,094 85.8%
St. Charles  252,461 216,385 85.7%
Clay  156,518 133,586 85.3%
Clinton  15,801 13,458 85.2%
Camden  32,283 27,481 85.1%
St. Louis  762,269 644,476 84.5%
Cole  56,406 47,018 83.4%
Ray  17,786 14,649 82.4%
Jackson  495,808 407,707 82.2%
Taney  35,096 28,716 81.8%
Boone  118,090 96,593 81.8%
Lafayette  25,080 20,480 81.7%
Greene  205,011 166,380 81.2%
Henry  17,259 13,869 80.4%
Buchanan  67,832 54,233 80.0%
Franklin  74,948 59,857 79.9%
Cape Girardeau  56,536 45,112 79.8%
Callaway  33,111 26,419 79.8%
Jefferson  161,109 127,994 79.4%
Newton  41,547 32,889 79.2%
Johnson  39,444 30,942 78.4%
Marion  21,248 16,666 78.4%
Stone  24,924 19,483 78.2%
Vernon  14,898 11,621 78.0%
Nodaway  18,163 14,051 77.4%
Pettis  30,308 23,383 77.2%
Randolph  19,593 15,106 77.1%
Warren  22,677 17,361 76.6%
Miller  18,910 14,470 76.5%
Jasper  84,868 64,813 76.4%
Howell  29,230 22,305 76.3%
Lincoln  37,329 28,478 76.3%
Audrain  19,712 14,981 76.0%
Webster  26,134 19,829 75.9%
Morgan  16,064 12,099 75.3%
Adair  20,277 15,272 75.3%
Laclede  26,412 19,884 75.3%
Barry  26,796 20,148 75.2%
Polk  22,825 17,047 74.7%
Phelps  32,790 24,405 74.4%
St. Louis city 266,154 197,220 74.1%
Saline  17,399 12,714 73.1%
Butler  31,162 22,714 72.9%
St. Francois  48,923 35,512 72.6%
Texas  19,364 14,000 72.3%
Lawrence  27,877 20,050 71.9%
Crawford  17,865 12,700 71.1%
Scott  30,143 21,273 70.6%
Stoddard  22,968 16,163 70.4%
Pulaski  32,573 22,683 69.6%
McDonald  16,376 11,325 69.2%
Washington  18,260 12,136 66.5%
Dunklin  23,577 15,441 65.5%

 

Sources:
American Community Survey (ACS) 2006-2008 3-year average tables The 2006-2008 ACS 3-year estimates are based on data collected between January 2006 and December 2008 and represent the average characteristics over the 3-year period of time. This data is published for selected geographic areas with populations of 20,000 or greater, which includes 54 counties and the City of St. Louis in Missouri.

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