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Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity, 2015-19

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Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity, 2015-19

What does this measure?

The number of residents with a particular level of education, expressed as a percentage of all residents 25 and older, broken down by race and ethnicity.

Why is this important?

An educated population makes a more attractive workforce and is better prepared to instruct the next generation of residents. High educational attainment represents a region's investment in human capital and preparation for long-term growth.

How is the region performing?

The proportion of residents with a bachelor's degree or higher in 2015-19 was highest among Asian residents (56%) in the Mid-Hudson Valley, followed by white (34%), African American (22%), and Hispanic (20%) residents. These disparities in educational levels among racial and ethnic groups were very similar to those at the state level (excluding NYC).

From 2000 to 2015-19, rates for residents with a bachelor's degree or higher rose 10 percentage points for African American residents, 9 points for whites, 7 points for Hispanics residents, and no change for Asian residents.

Local areas with particularly high shares of white residents with a bachelor's degree or higher included Tuxedo Park village in Orange (75%) and New Paltz village in Ulster (65%). The populations in some local areas, when broken down by race and ethnicity, were too small to yield reliable survey results.

Why do these disparities exist?

There are a variety of factors believed to contribute to disparities in educational attainment. School systems in the United States are highly segregated, and students of color disproportionately attend schools with high proportions of low-income students who may not have benefited from early learning opportunities at the same rate as other students. Schools also have different levels of resources ranging from qualified/experienced teachers to advanced courses to facilities and technology, and schools with large Black and Latino populations often have lower levels. In addition, teachers across all school systems tend to be disproportionately white, and teaching practices and curriculum may not be culturally relevant to students of color. Low staff expectations at racially and economically segregated schools also contribute disparities in educational attainment. The accumulation of inequities leads to lower graduation rates and college matriculation, with college affordability acting as another barrier. When Black and Latino students enter higher education institutions, they are less likely to attain a college a degree given weaker academic preparation and financial hardship.

Notes about the data

The multiyear figures are from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The bureau combined five years of responses to the survey to provide estimates for smaller geographic areas and increase the precision of its estimates. However, because the information came from a survey, the samples responding to the survey were not always large enough to produce reliable results, especially in small geographic areas. CGR has noted on data tables the estimates with relatively large margins of error. Estimates with three asterisks have the largest margins, plus or minus 50% or more of the estimate. Two asterisks mean plus or minus 35%-50%, and one asterisk means plus or minus 20%-35%. For all estimates, the confidence level is 90%, meaning there is 90% probability the true value (if the whole population were surveyed) would be within the margin of error (or confidence interval). The survey provides data on characteristics of the population that used to be collected only during the decennial census. Data for this indicator are expected to be released in the fourth quarter.


Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity, 2015-19
AsianBlack or African AmericanHispanicWhite
Region20%33%28%29%
Columbia County27%*26%*24%*28%
Dutchess County16%34%29%29%
Greene County27%***12%**14%**27%
Orange County23%36%30%30%
Putnam County27%*19%**25%27%
Sullivan County14%**34%24%29%
Ulster County18%*26%27%29%
NYS (excluding NYC)14%31%25%28%
U.S.18%33%24%29%
Columbia Cities
Hudson26%***22%**23%***23%*
Columbia Towns
Ancram0%***0%***21%***18%*
Austerlitz33%***N/A***44%***24%*
CanaanN/A***N/A***65%***28%
Chatham0%***53%***21%***28%
Claverack18%***52%***77%***33%
Clermont0%***14%***24%***29%
Copake33%***N/A***11%***20%*
Gallatin13%***71%***50%***22%*
Germantown0%***73%***29%***36%
Ghent50%***37%***16%***34%
Greenport37%***7%***6%***21%*
HillsdaleN/A***N/A***27%***22%*
Kinderhook19%***0%***20%***27%
Livingston78%***45%***45%***30%*
New Lebanon100%***N/A***0%***33%
StockportN/A***23%***9%***28%*
StuyvesantN/A***0%***24%***32%
Taghkanic21%***0%***16%***27%*
Columbia Villages
Chatham27%***56%***78%***41%*
Kinderhook0%***N/A***0%***23%*
Philmont11%***75%***46%***36%*
Valatie0%***0%***31%***24%*
Dutchess Cities
Beacon28%***46%*24%**28%
Poughkeepsie7%***32%29%*31%
Dutchess Towns
Amenia54%***0%***7%***23%*
Beekman27%***25%*19%**31%
ClintonN/A***10%***12%***29%*
Dover59%***38%***44%*29%
East Fishkill6%***37%**38%*27%
Fishkill12%***34%*30%*30%
Hyde Park31%***45%**40%**31%
La Grange20%***34%***29%*26%
Milan32%***0%***19%***37%
North East4%***38%***17%***24%*
Pawling0%***21%***32%*27%
Pine Plains0%***38%***9%***28%*
Pleasant Valley21%***28%***23%***31%
Poughkeepsie13%**34%*28%*31%
Red Hook7%***33%***25%***25%
Rhinebeck0%***0%***14%***23%
Stanford26%***26%***26%***36%
Union Vale0%***13%***31%***26%
Wappinger19%**49%*28%*32%
Washington22%***17%***15%***27%
Dutchess Villages
Fishkill13%***15%***14%***28%*
Millbrook38%***57%***19%***31%*
Millerton4%***77%***33%***35%*
Pawling0%***33%***35%***26%*
Red Hook0%***21%***0%***23%*
Rhinebeck0%***0%***8%***22%*
Tivoli0%***0%***100%***25%*
Wappingers Falls26%***22%***24%**37%*
Greene Towns
Ashland0%***100%***0%***30%*
Athens73%***4%***10%***33%
Cairo51%***0%***22%***28%*
Catskill0%***13%***23%***23%
Coxsackie23%***11%***8%***22%
Durham50%***0%***0%***29%*
Greenville0%***19%***0%***29%
Halcott0%***N/A***0%***19%***
Hunter0%***N/A***0%***37%*
Jewett0%***N/A***75%***25%*
LexingtonN/A***N/A***54%***33%**
New BaltimoreN/A***49%***12%***24%*
PrattsvilleN/A***N/A***N/A***26%*
WindhamN/A***N/A***0%***27%*
Greene Villages
Athens68%***0%***100%***37%
Catskill0%***8%***27%***22%*
Coxsackie58%***0%***21%***30%*
HunterN/A***N/A***N/A***38%**
Tannersville0%***N/A***N/A***20%**
Orange Cities
Middletown21%***45%23%28%
Newburgh10%***29%18%*22%
Port Jervis41%***37%***21%***27%
Orange Towns
Blooming Grove15%***33%**40%*34%
Chester40%***26%***36%*32%
Cornwall18%***72%***37%**24%
Crawford0%***15%***22%**34%
Deerpark16%***36%***53%***31%
Goshen28%***29%**28%*28%
Greenville0%***79%***56%***34%
Hamptonburgh0%***32%***33%**27%
Highlands4%***12%***29%***25%
Minisink52%***33%***25%***33%*
Monroe30%***28%**29%*30%
Montgomery23%***31%**43%*31%
Mount Hope20%***41%**32%**35%
New Windsor32%***36%*32%*29%
Newburgh21%***35%*25%*32%
Tuxedo9%***59%***70%***23%*
Wallkill37%***45%*38%36%
Warwick6%***40%**41%*30%
Wawayanda15%***40%***40%**29%
Woodbury21%***44%**31%**35%
Orange Villages
Chester10%***26%***39%**32%*
Cornwall-on-Hudson36%***32%***32%***30%*
Florida24%***54%***42%**34%*
Goshen52%***80%***27%**25%*
Greenwood LakeN/A***76%***29%***38%*
Harriman20%***41%**33%***29%*
Highland Falls6%***14%***22%***27%*
Kiryas JoelN/A***0%***22%***17%
Maybrook51%***26%***58%**39%
Monroe26%***25%***26%*28%
Montgomery23%***48%***23%***23%*
Otisville28%***50%***36%***35%*
South Blooming Grove24%***16%***32%**36%*
Tuxedo Park12%***50%***38%***17%*
UnionvilleN/A***0%***32%***33%***
Walden0%***25%***36%**32%*
Warwick0%***0%***41%***26%
Washingtonville10%***44%**38%*32%*
Woodbury21%***41%***31%**35%
Putnam Towns
Carmel38%**31%***40%*29%
Kent15%***10%***18%**25%
Patterson9%***22%***20%**25%
Philipstown41%***23%***27%**22%
Putnam Valley32%***0%***19%***24%
Southeast18%***34%***18%**28%
Putnam Villages
Brewster40%***54%***9%***25%**
Cold Spring38%***50%***35%***21%*
Nelsonville0%***0%***19%***15%**
Sullivan Towns
Bethel0%***54%***33%***28%*
Callicoon41%***100%***22%***28%*
Cochecton67%***29%***29%***31%*
Delaware0%***63%***16%***37%
Fallsburg3%***27%**22%**30%
Forestburgh60%***24%***22%***24%*
FremontN/A***33%***17%***22%*
Highland64%***50%***29%***20%*
Liberty31%***39%***10%***29%
Lumberland0%***17%***51%***31%*
Mamakating21%***87%***33%***30%
NeversinkN/A***71%***34%***31%
Rockland0%***0%***7%***24%*
Thompson8%***24%*29%*27%
Tusten13%***65%***38%***35%*
Sullivan Villages
BloomingburgN/A***50%***0%***28%***
Jeffersonville0%***N/A***28%***37%**
Liberty36%***35%***10%***31%*
Monticello0%***23%**20%***23%**
WoodridgeN/A***47%***22%***35%**
Wurtsboro44%***100%***26%***33%*
Ulster Cities
Kingston7%***21%**25%*26%
Ulster Towns
Denning0%***N/A***25%***26%*
Esopus41%***14%***12%***32%
GardinerN/A***0%***55%***27%*
Hardenburgh0%***N/A***N/A***26%**
Hurley50%***0%***5%***26%
KingstonN/A***N/A***52%***35%*
Lloyd29%***48%***17%***30%
Marbletown0%***11%***51%***25%*
Marlborough47%***26%***29%***35%
New Paltz5%***45%***27%***21%
Olive0%***42%***9%***24%*
Plattekill0%***30%***24%**26%
Rochester0%***0%***60%***24%
Rosendale14%***23%***18%***33%
Saugerties26%***16%***30%**33%
Shandaken40%***100%***35%***29%*
Shawangunk51%***27%**30%*33%
Ulster16%***38%***29%**29%
Wawarsing30%***30%**23%*30%
Woodstock15%***12%***30%***24%
Ulster Villages
Ellenville35%***42%***14%***27%**
New Paltz0%***0%***0%***18%**
Saugerties0%***18%***45%***33%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Adults are people 25 and older. Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%. The Census Bureau asks people to identify their race (white, African-American, etc.) separate from their ethnicity (Hispanic or non-Hispanic). So the totals for these categories cannot be added together, as people show up in both a racial and ethnic group.




Number of Adults, by Education Level and Race/Ethnicity, 2015-19
AsianBlack or African AmericanHispanicWhite
Region4,02021,26026,147185,377
Columbia County198*472*399*11,552
Dutchess County1,1317,1446,01148,310
Greene County101***211**231**8,690
Orange County1,6299,71512,80754,989
Putnam County430*389**2,24416,682
Sullivan County140**1,3581,64512,578
Ulster County391*1,9712,81032,576
NYS (excluding NYC)43,586201,192179,8471,769,156
U.S.2,316,5278,692,6508,122,64448,446,126
Columbia Cities
Hudson76***199**65***707*
Columbia Towns
Ancram0***0***8***167*
Austerlitz5***0***17***276*
Canaan0***0***15***370
Chatham0***115***7***734
Claverack22***33***50***1,292
Clermont0***4***19***411
Copake14***0***5***522*
Gallatin4***17***22***254*
Germantown0***16***18***521
Ghent3***49***35***1,269
Greenport23***18***8***594*
Hillsdale0***0***7***268*
Kinderhook6***0***63***1,590
Livingston29***14***30***765*
New Lebanon13***0***0***598
Stockport0***7***5***480*
Stuyvesant0***0***18***486
Taghkanic3***0***7***248*
Columbia Villages
Chatham3***29***28***485*
Kinderhook0***0***0***237*
Philmont2***18***13***251*
Valatie0***0***29***262*
Dutchess Cities
Beacon52***585*342**2,224
Poughkeepsie14***2,336901*3,443
Dutchess Towns
Amenia7***0***24***573*
Beekman62***426*213**2,425
Clinton0***8***15***858*
Dover33***77***452*1,569
East Fishkill64***211**495*4,806
Fishkill143***823*676*3,938
Hyde Park161***528**392**3,759
La Grange110***125***237*2,513
Milan14***0***24***601
North East2***23***37***472*
Pawling0***35***202*1,468
Pine Plains0***5***5***495*
Pleasant Valley23***67***105***1,987
Poughkeepsie158**1,161*863*6,711
Red Hook17***37***73***1,549
Rhinebeck0***0***40***1,308
Stanford36***10***56***879
Union Vale0***9***47***804
Wappinger217**662*789*5,069
Washington18***16***23***859
Dutchess Villages
Fishkill8***11***27***369*
Millbrook18***8***13***316*
Millerton2***23***22***207*
Pawling0***7***105***339*
Red Hook0***6***0***249*
Rhinebeck0***0***7***420*
Tivoli0***0***13***162*
Wappingers Falls70***71***253**997*
Greene Towns
Ashland0***4***0***173*
Athens58***4***17***901
Cairo22***0***59***1,310*
Catskill0***75***72***1,743
Coxsackie14***102***57***1,134
Durham7***0***0***502*
Greenville0***3***0***679
Halcott0***0***0***41***
Hunter0***0***0***760*
Jewett0***0***6***202*
Lexington0***0***13***198**
New Baltimore0***23***7***566*
Prattsville0***0***0***134*
Windham0***0***0***347*
Greene Villages
Athens47***0***17***430
Catskill0***39***22***478*
Coxsackie14***0***12***584*
Hunter0***0***0***119**
Tannersville0***0***0***112**
Orange Cities
Middletown144***1,8701,4712,813
Newburgh31***1,1661,314*1,578
Port Jervis56***159***124***1,442
Orange Towns
Blooming Grove28***332**698*3,144
Chester139***189***531*1,976
Cornwall43***103***252**1,878
Crawford0***38***157**1,965
Deerpark18***114***176***1,510
Goshen86***202**428*2,284
Greenville0***48***142***919
Hamptonburgh0***12***157**869
Highlands21***79***183***1,031
Minisink13***12***95***843*
Monroe223***253**756*2,699
Montgomery44***411**978*4,166
Mount Hope18***312**235**1,274
New Windsor234***863*1,239*3,914
Newburgh147***1,165*914*5,425
Tuxedo2***78***186***507*
Wallkill243***1,606*1,5234,663
Warwick16***238**703*6,022
Wawayanda13***120***184**1,108
Woodbury110***345**335**1,868
Orange Villages
Chester13***132***297**578*
Cornwall-on-Hudson14***7***25***536*
Florida6***38***152**565*
Goshen60***113***219**735*
Greenwood Lake0***55***31***806*
Harriman19***204**125***300*
Highland Falls13***79***68***460*
Kiryas Joel0***0***26***1,091
Maybrook19***103***244**773
Monroe61***102***357*1,027
Montgomery12***149***52***570*
Otisville18***3***31***257*
South Blooming Grove22***35***104**505*
Tuxedo Park2***3***5***65*
Unionville0***0***27***107***
Walden0***107***209**1,065*
Warwick0***0***227***1,224
Washingtonville6***184**271*905*
Woodbury91***232***322**1,830
Putnam Towns
Carmel180**90***977*6,440
Kent20***45***241**2,194
Patterson15***134***235**1,787
Philipstown68***33***175**1,454
Putnam Valley53***0***173***1,760
Southeast94***87***443**3,047
Putnam Villages
Brewster19***32***87***204**
Cold Spring12***5***23***270*
Nelsonville0***0***9***60**
Sullivan Towns
Bethel0***21***43***860*
Callicoon11***28***23***610*
Cochecton2***11***17***302*
Delaware0***76***24***594
Fallsburg7***280**348**1,946
Forestburgh3***7***11***215*
Fremont0***9***25***212*
Highland9***19***18***339*
Liberty54***214***106***1,434
Lumberland0***3***62***440*
Mamakating19***196***211***2,174
Neversink0***45***28***733
Rockland0***0***9***543*
Thompson31***418*706*1,824
Tusten4***31***14***352*
Sullivan Villages
Bloomingburg0***2***0***58***
Jeffersonville0***0***11***86**
Liberty32***109***82***589*
Monticello0***279**310***497**
Woodridge0***20***11***149**
Wurtsboro4***36***14***263*
Ulster Cities
Kingston33***508**425*3,116
Ulster Towns
Denning0***0***5***94*
Esopus27***14***40***1,990
Gardiner0***0***88***1,035*
Hardenburgh0***0***0***49**
Hurley10***0***7***1,210
Kingston0***0***23***260*
Lloyd21***117***113***2,099
Marbletown0***28***61***906*
Marlborough39***50***90***2,162
New Paltz9***116***110***1,383
Olive0***11***20***720*
Plattekill0***167***250**1,684
Rochester0***0***176***1,121
Rosendale5***22***36***1,374
Saugerties19***31***214**4,417
Shandaken8***9***47***660*
Shawangunk108***308**471*2,815
Ulster32***215***225**2,373
Wawarsing57***369**379*2,075
Woodstock23***6***30***1,033
Ulster Villages
Ellenville45***146***83***475**
New Paltz0***0***0***357**
Saugerties0***7***110***872

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Adults are people 25 and older. Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%. The Census Bureau asks people to identify their race (white, African-American, etc.) separate from their ethnicity (Hispanic or non-Hispanic). So the totals for these categories cannot be added together, as people show up in both a racial and ethnic group.




INDICATORS TREND | STATE
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Rate of Child Abuse and Neglect Increasing
Rate of Foster Care Admissions Maintaining
Teen Pregnancy Decreasing
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Juvenile Delinquency Intakes Decreasing
Bullying at School Decreasing
Average Charitable Giving Increasing
Voter Registration Rate Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Total Population Increasing
Population by Age Not Applicable
Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Household Types Not Applicable
Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Employment by Sector Not Applicable
Spending for County Government Increasing
Tourism Revenue Increasing
Preschoolers Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Per-Student Spending Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 4 English, by Student Group Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 4 English, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 4 Math, by Student Group Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 4 Math, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
High School Cohort Dropout Rate Decreasing
High School GED Rate Maintaining
Plans of High School Graduates Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income Decreasing
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Seniors Living in Poverty Maintaining
Children Receiving Subsidized Child Care Maintaining
Veterans Living in Poverty Decreasing
Economically Disadvantaged Students Increasing
Earned Income Tax Credit Participation Decreasing
Living Wage Rate by Household Type Not Applicable
Income in Relation to Poverty Level Not Applicable
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Early Prenatal Care, by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Domestic Violence Decreasing
Deaths from Drug Overdoses Increasing
Babies with Low Birth Weights Maintaining
People Living wth HIV Decreasing
Mental Health Clinic Visits Decreasing
Homeownership Rates Maintaining
Homeless Persons Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Renters Not Applicable
Violent Crimes Decreasing


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