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Nearly 86 percent of Missouri's population, over age 25, have attained a high school diploma or equivalent according to the latest Census figures. Nearly one in four have earned a bachelor's degree or higher.

Boone County topped the portion of the population with a bachelor's degree or higher at 45 percent, followed by St. Louis (38.5%), Platte (36.3%), St. Charles (32.6%) and Cole (30.4%).

Top Ten Missouri Counties for Educational Attainment, Age 25 years or Older with Bachelor Degree or Higher
Area  Population Age 25 or older Population with High School Diploma or Higher Population with Bachelor's Degree or Higher Percent with High School Diploma or Higher  Percent with Bachelor's Degree or Higher
Boone County 84,633 77,838 38,119 92.0% 45.0%
St. Louis County 666,972 602,660 256,712 90.4% 38.5%
Platte County 58,305 54,696 21,170 93.8% 36.3%
St. Charles County 223,262 204,923 72,854 91.8% 32.6%
Cole County 47,996 41,970 14,610 87.4% 30.4%
Clay County 144,179 131,187 42,335 91.0% 29.4%
Jackson County 457,320 396,894 123,173 86.8% 26.9%
Greene County 163,187 143,830 43,866 88.1% 26.9%
Cape Girardeau County 44,993 38,597 11,741 85.8% 26.1%
Christian County 47,527 43,439 12,159 91.4% 25.6%

Map of Missouri Population Age 25 or Older with Bachelor's Degree

Platte County had the highest percentage of the population age 25 or older with a high school diploma or higher with 93.8 percent with Boone (92.0%), St. Charles (91.8%), Christian County (91.4%) and Cass (91.3%) following closely.

Top Ten Missouri Counties for Educational Attainment, Age 25 years or Older with High School Diploma or Equivalent or Higher
Area  Population Age 25 or older Population with High School Diploma or Higher Population with Bachelor's Degree or Higher Percent with High School Diploma or Higher  Percent with Bachelor's Degree or Higher
Platte County 58,305 54,696 21,170 93.8% 36.3%
Boone County 84,633 77,838 38,119 92.0% 45.0%
St. Charles County 223,262 204,923 72,854 91.8% 32.6%
Christian County 47,527 43,439 12,159 91.4% 25.6%
Cass County 63,183 57,681 13,267 91.3% 21.0%
Clay County 144,179 131,187 42,335 91.0% 29.4%
St. Louis County 666,972 602,660 256,712 90.4% 38.5%
Clinton County 14,023 12,611 2,555 89.9% 18.2%
Johnson County 28,328 25,300 6,824 89.3% 24.1%
Camden County 29,358 26,181 5,766 89.2% 19.6%

Click here for the complete Missouri county list.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey Five-Year Estimates, 2005 to 2009

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