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Woman Graduate Educational Attainment of Women on the Rise  

In 2006, over thirty percent of women held a bachelor’s degree or higher. Female graduates in 2006 outnumbered men in Missouri by 4.4 percent in their attainment of higher education.  The number of Missouri women ages 24 to 44 obtaining bachelor’s degrees or higher rose by 2.8 percent from 2000 to 2006.

 US, Missouri & Border States 
Percentage of Age 25 to 44 with Bachelor Degree or Higher
  Female Male
  2000 2006 % Change 2000 2006 % Change
United States 27.9% 31.5% 3.5% 28.5% 27.1% -1.4%
Missouri 27.3% 30.1% 2.8% 25.2% 25.4% 0.2%
Arkansas 17.6% 23.0% 5.4% 19.2% 18.2% -1.0%
Illinois 31.4% 35.3% 4.0% 30.2% 30.9% 0.7%
Iowa 27.2% 32.1% 4.9% 24.5% 26.3% 1.8%
Kansas 31.3% 33.0% 1.7% 30.5% 29.6% -0.9%
Kentucky 19.8% 24.3% 4.5% 18.4% 20.5% 2.0%
Nebraska 28.5% 33.3% 4.8% 29.1% 29.6% 0.6%
Oklahoma 22.0% 25.5% 3.5% 24.9% 20.5% -4.4%
Tennessee 24.7% 26.0% 1.3% 23.6% 21.5% -2.1%

Nationally, Missouri and every border state showed an increase in women graduates from 2000 to 2006. Leading the border states for educational attainment of women are Illinois (35.3), Nebraska (33.3), Kansas (33.0), and Missouri (30.1). Arkansas made the largest gain with 5.4 percent increase in 25 to 44 year old women’s attainment of a bachelor’s degree or higher.

2000 to 2006 County 
Percentage of Age 25 to 44 with Bachelor Degree or Higher
  Female Male
County 2000 2006 % Change 2000 2006 % Change
St. Charles County, Missouri 31.4% 38.9% 7.4% 27.1% 38.2% 11.1%
Jackson County, Missouri 29.6% 28.1% -1.5% 28.0% 28.6% 0.6%
St. Louis County, Missouri 41.7% 45.9% 4.1% 42.9% 42.6% -0.3%
St. Louis City, Missouri 23.5% 26.0% 2.5% 24.4% 29.5% 5.1%

Counties leading Missouri with the highest number of woman with bachelor’s degrees or higher are Boone (46.4), St. Louis County (45.9) and Clay (38.9). St. Charles County held the largest increase from 2000 to 2006 with a 7.4 percent gain for women while men in the county had the largest increase at 11.1 percent.

 Missouri Counties 
Percentage of Age 25 to 44 with Bachelor Degree or Higher
  Female  Male
County 2006 2006
Boone County 46.4% 45.4%
Buchanan County 23.0% 13.9%
Cape Girardeau County 29.9% 28.5%
Cass County 24.9% 18.7%
Christian County 17.5% 30.3%
Clay County 35.9% 32.7%
Cole County 19.4% 24.9%
Franklin County 22.5% 12.9%
Greene County 33.2% 27.2%
Jackson County 28.1% 28.6%
Jasper County 15.4% 20.3%
Jefferson County 12.9% 15.4%
Platte County 39.1% 42.0%
St. Charles County 38.9% 38.2%
St. Louis County 45.9% 42.6%
St. Louis city 26.0% 29.5%

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