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Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity, 2014-18

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Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity, 2014-18

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 2014-18 was highest among Asian residents (56%) in the Mid-Hudson Valley, followed by white (33%), 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 2014-18, rates for residents with a bachelor's degree or higher rose 10 percentage points for African American residents, 8 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 (67%). The populations in some local areas, when broken down by race and ethnicity, were too small to yield reliable survey results.

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, 2014-18
AsianBlack or African AmericanHispanicWhite
Region18%34%28%29%
Columbia County24%**25%*28%*29%
Dutchess County15%34%29%29%
Greene County19%***16%**13%**28%
Orange County21%38%29%30%
Putnam County20%*22%*25%27%
Sullivan County15%**34%29%29%
Ulster County17%**28%29%29%
NYS (excluding NYC)15%32%25%28%
U.S.19%33%24%29%
Columbia Cities
Hudson22%***24%**31%***26%*
Columbia Towns
Ancram0%***0%***30%***23%*
Austerlitz50%***N/A***35%***25%*
Canaan0%***N/A***42%***28%
Chatham0%***46%***33%***29%
Claverack23%***51%***64%***31%
Clermont21%***9%***26%***27%
Copake31%***N/A***0%***20%*
Gallatin6%***75%***26%***25%*
Germantown38%***73%***67%***38%
Ghent43%***16%***30%***31%
Greenport53%***6%***5%***24%*
HillsdaleN/A***N/A***40%***23%
Kinderhook9%***0%***25%***29%
Livingston0%***24%***30%***33%
New Lebanon76%***N/A***0%***35%*
StockportN/A***27%***28%***28%*
StuyvesantN/A***26%***47%***38%
Taghkanic25%***0%***28%***28%*
Columbia Villages
Chatham27%***0%***79%***37%*
Kinderhook0%***N/A***0%***26%*
Philmont52%***80%***47%***34%*
Valatie33%***0%***29%***29%*
Dutchess Cities
Beacon35%***37%*21%**27%
Poughkeepsie5%***32%23%*30%
Dutchess Towns
Amenia50%***0%***15%***26%*
Beekman31%***29%20%**31%
Clinton0%***0%***4%***32%
Dover63%***41%***40%*29%
East Fishkill6%***37%***38%*25%
Fishkill10%***35%*29%*30%
Hyde Park25%***53%**37%**32%
La Grange13%***33%***41%**29%
Milan59%***0%***22%***32%
North East3%***19%***21%***28%*
Pawling9%***13%***35%**27%
Pine Plains0%***42%***35%***33%
Pleasant Valley61%***42%***25%***30%
Poughkeepsie10%**37%*35%*31%
Red Hook0%***28%***19%***27%
Rhinebeck0%***11%***16%***24%
Stanford0%***33%***33%***36%
Union Vale0%***15%***51%***26%
Wappinger22%**42%*28%*32%
Washington16%***19%***26%***27%
Dutchess Villages
Fishkill10%***11%***10%***26%*
Millbrook29%***79%***16%***29%*
Millerton4%***44%***56%***34%*
Pawling12%***18%***37%**24%
Red Hook0%***19%***0%***21%*
Rhinebeck0%***41%***20%***23%*
Tivoli0%***0%***45%***28%*
Wappingers Falls23%***16%***24%**34%*
Greene Towns
Ashland0%***N/A***0%***28%*
Athens41%***4%***6%***32%
Cairo48%***0%***13%***30%*
Catskill0%***21%***23%***25%
Coxsackie15%***16%**10%***27%
Durham29%***0%***0%***34%
Greenville0%***10%***0%***26%
Halcott0%***N/A***0%***26%**
Hunter0%***0%***0%***29%*
Jewett0%***N/A***100%***26%*
LexingtonN/A***N/A***45%***34%*
New BaltimoreN/A***0%***9%***26%*
PrattsvilleN/A***N/A***N/A***28%*
WindhamN/A***N/A***0%***27%
Greene Villages
Athens46%***0%***100%***32%
Catskill0%***16%***30%***26%**
Coxsackie59%***71%***39%***33%
HunterN/A***0%***N/A***33%**
Tannersville0%***N/A***N/A***17%***
Orange Cities
Middletown20%**44%23%*29%
Newburgh13%***33%15%*19%*
Port Jervis16%***45%***30%***27%
Orange Towns
Blooming Grove21%***41%**39%*36%
Chester35%***32%*36%*34%
Cornwall12%***78%***44%**24%
Crawford0%***30%***32%**37%
Deerpark0%***34%***43%***31%
Goshen27%***24%***24%**29%
Greenville0%***71%***69%**30%
Hamptonburgh0%***18%***36%***27%
Highlands6%***14%***41%**24%
Minisink62%***52%***27%***31%
Monroe28%***31%*31%*30%
Montgomery13%***30%**36%*30%
Mount Hope18%***40%*28%*34%
New Windsor34%***42%*35%*31%
Newburgh19%***33%*23%*33%
Tuxedo11%***46%***67%***24%*
Wallkill30%***42%38%*34%
Warwick9%***47%**34%*31%
Wawayanda13%***37%***41%**32%
Woodbury9%***53%**26%**32%
Orange Villages
Chester5%***31%**44%**37%*
Cornwall-on-Hudson35%***N/A***44%***27%*
Florida35%***63%***45%**33%
Goshen51%***55%***19%***24%*
Greenwood LakeN/A***70%***10%***39%*
Harriman13%***40%**30%***30%*
Highland Falls4%***17%***36%***28%*
Kiryas JoelN/A***0%***14%***17%
Maybrook39%***25%**41%**39%
Monroe17%***33%***31%*28%
Montgomery13%***28%***22%***24%*
Otisville24%***85%***41%***39%*
South Blooming Grove22%***34%***40%**39%
Tuxedo Park14%***50%***38%***16%*
UnionvilleN/A***0%***27%***32%**
Walden0%***33%***33%***31%
Warwick0%***30%***37%***28%*
Washingtonville22%***47%**36%*33%
Woodbury7%***53%***26%**31%
Putnam Towns
Carmel27%***11%***38%*29%
Kent11%***25%***23%*26%
Patterson17%***27%***20%**24%
Philipstown32%***37%***29%**22%
Putnam Valley25%***0%***22%***23%
Southeast11%***33%***17%**29%
Putnam Villages
Brewster33%***56%***6%***30%*
Cold Spring26%***36%***63%***22%*
Nelsonville0%***0%***23%***17%*
Sullivan Towns
Bethel0%***45%***33%***29%*
Callicoon50%***85%***24%***26%*
Cochecton0%***24%***32%***33%
Delaware13%***52%***15%***36%*
Fallsburg4%***32%*25%*30%
Forestburgh38%***33%***26%***27%*
Fremont0%***20%***22%***22%*
Highland54%***34%***41%***22%*
Liberty38%***49%**16%***30%
Lumberland0%***56%***53%***34%
Mamakating13%***60%***36%***29%
NeversinkN/A***70%***32%***33%*
Rockland0%***0%***6%***28%*
Thompson9%***26%*37%*30%
Tusten11%***26%***54%***32%*
Sullivan Villages
BloomingburgN/A***25%***14%***21%***
Jeffersonville33%***0%***52%***35%**
Liberty41%***45%***11%***32%*
Monticello0%***26%**30%***29%*
WoodridgeN/A***52%***15%***38%**
Wurtsboro0%***36%***24%***32%*
Ulster Cities
Kingston5%***24%*26%*27%
Ulster Towns
Denning0%***N/A***35%***32%*
Esopus43%***28%***18%***34%
GardinerN/A***42%***41%***25%*
Hardenburgh0%***N/A***N/A***26%**
Hurley52%***14%***6%***28%
Kingston0%***N/A***48%***33%
Lloyd25%***47%**18%***27%
Marbletown0%***14%***65%***26%*
Marlborough69%***29%***14%***32%
New Paltz5%***48%***34%***21%
Olive0%***29%***18%***26%*
Plattekill0%***41%***28%**26%
Rochester9%***0%***67%***27%
Rosendale11%***21%***17%***30%
Saugerties23%***9%***27%**33%
Shandaken44%***N/A***33%***24%*
Shawangunk48%***24%**35%*36%
Ulster7%***34%***34%**28%
Wawarsing31%***34%*27%*30%
Woodstock14%***47%***24%***23%
Ulster Villages
Ellenville39%***50%***21%***26%**
New Paltz0%***100%***27%***16%**
SaugertiesN/A***19%***32%***32%

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, 2014-18
AsianBlack or African AmericanHispanicWhite
Region3,63621,53325,575186,569
Columbia County187**440*429*12,013
Dutchess County1,0837,1165,82348,327
Greene County69***299**204**9,042
Orange County1,4599,83212,04554,963
Putnam County324*427*2,17316,632
Sullivan County144**1,3801,93913,010
Ulster County370**2,0392,96232,582
NYS (excluding NYC)42,945203,298175,3191,776,726
U.S.2,289,5908,570,9987,876,81048,325,998
Columbia Cities
Hudson64***216**91***821*
Columbia Towns
Ancram0***0***6***199*
Austerlitz7***0***12***294*
Canaan0***0***8***368
Chatham0***92***25***761
Claverack35***40***18***1,303
Clermont6***3***29***373
Copake12***0***0***520*
Gallatin2***18***11***288*
Germantown5***16***58***520
Ghent3***22***34***1,199
Greenport30***13***6***654*
Hillsdale0***0***4***286
Kinderhook3***0***57***1,666
Livingston0***6***18***852
New Lebanon16***0***0***589*
Stockport0***9***17***479*
Stuyvesant0***5***22***572
Taghkanic4***0***13***269*
Columbia Villages
Chatham3***0***33***442*
Kinderhook0***0***0***280*
Philmont11***20***9***246*
Valatie3***0***26***328*
Dutchess Cities
Beacon91***562*386**2,089
Poughkeepsie11***2,300701*3,284
Dutchess Towns
Amenia6***0***37***693*
Beekman50***434238**2,527
Clinton0***0***4***907
Dover34***172***417*1,513
East Fishkill49***173***502*4,487
Fishkill108***751*662*3,783
Hyde Park161***419**276**3,931
La Grange104***121***269**2,723
Milan20***0***21***494
North East2***20***57***554*
Pawling7***30***171**1,470
Pine Plains0***5***22***606
Pleasant Valley56***133***127***1,921
Poughkeepsie119**1,334*911*6,639
Red Hook0***41***66***1,685
Rhinebeck0***19***40***1,369
Stanford0***20***80***924
Union Vale0***9***49***820
Wappinger257**555*743*5,052
Washington8***18***44***856
Dutchess Villages
Fishkill7***10***16***321*
Millbrook8***11***13***288*
Millerton2***20***28***188*
Pawling7***6***97**316
Red Hook0***7***0***227*
Rhinebeck0***19***19***441*
Tivoli0***0***9***185*
Wappingers Falls66***63***203**887*
Greene Towns
Ashland0***0***0***154*
Athens29***4***8***885
Cairo20***0***29***1,374*
Catskill0***150***70***1,886
Coxsackie13***143**75***1,308
Durham7***0***0***560
Greenville0***2***0***639
Halcott0***0***0***53**
Hunter0***0***0***607*
Jewett0***0***5***212*
Lexington0***0***10***236*
New Baltimore0***0***7***644*
Prattsville0***0***0***145*
Windham0***0***0***339
Greene Villages
Athens19***0***8***379
Catskill0***88***27***549**
Coxsackie13***10***19***607
Hunter0***0***0***146**
Tannersville0***0***0***112***
Orange Cities
Middletown166**1,7931,475*2,802
Newburgh26***1,2851,099*1,239*
Port Jervis8***216***183***1,429
Orange Towns
Blooming Grove28***352**645*3,427
Chester144***274*474*2,073
Cornwall25***90***247**1,907
Crawford0***82***161**2,112
Deerpark0***48***138***1,629
Goshen89***143***304**2,379
Greenville0***57***152**843
Hamptonburgh0***8***137***909
Highlands21***78***253**1,049
Minisink13***45***93***816
Monroe214***273*770*2,722
Montgomery39***341**750*4,045
Mount Hope16***355*233*1,293
New Windsor270***978*1,310*3,981
Newburgh104***982*787*5,514
Tuxedo2***53***153***547*
Wallkill214***1,4481,520*4,356
Warwick28***505**691*5,880
Wawayanda9***96***187**1,230
Woodbury43***330**262**1,744
Orange Villages
Chester9***210**261**626*
Cornwall-on-Hudson16***0***43***502*
Florida12***67***140**524
Goshen72***56***119***699*
Greenwood Lake0***28***31***762*
Harriman16***160**129***332*
Highland Falls9***78***134***512*
Kiryas Joel0***0***21***1,015
Maybrook15***118**165**668
Monroe38***120***388*1,052
Montgomery11***40***45***623*
Otisville16***11***43***280*
South Blooming Grove15***55***116**627
Tuxedo Park2***3***5***67*
Unionville0***0***30***139**
Walden0***107***178***1,099
Warwick0***67***171***1,182*
Washingtonville13***169**253*974
Woodbury27***236***246**1,687
Putnam Towns
Carmel121***35***861*6,331
Kent13***129***344*2,269
Patterson31***104***256**1,738
Philipstown64***71***162**1,445
Putnam Valley49***0***207***1,713
Southeast46***88***343**3,136
Putnam Villages
Brewster14***33***49***253*
Cold Spring10***4***52***303*
Nelsonville0***0***13***72*
Sullivan Towns
Bethel0***22***49***842*
Callicoon26***23***28***544*
Cochecton0***7***13***350
Delaware6***47***26***570*
Fallsburg9***314*398*1,958
Forestburgh5***10***9***201*
Fremont0***5***20***207*
Highland7***11***40***401*
Liberty47***260**194***1,612
Lumberland0***5***83***498
Mamakating9***130***261***2,043
Neversink0***43***32***767*
Rockland0***0***8***653*
Thompson31***496*759*2,048
Tusten4***7***19***316*
Sullivan Villages
Bloomingburg0***4***1***46***
Jeffersonville7***0***13***79**
Liberty15***128***85***678*
Monticello0***359**357***649*
Woodridge0***14***10***145**
Wurtsboro0***12***14***230*
Ulster Cities
Kingston24***614*443*3,292
Ulster Towns
Denning0***0***7***119*
Esopus29***28***65***2,021
Gardiner0***46***53***983*
Hardenburgh0***0***0***46**
Hurley11***11***7***1,317
Kingston0***0***20***267
Lloyd18***170**119***1,799
Marbletown0***33***59***960*
Marlborough47***47***35***1,926
New Paltz8***68***149***1,369
Olive0***10***39***775*
Plattekill0***139***269**1,767
Rochester4***0***192***1,270
Rosendale4***13***33***1,272
Saugerties19***22***208**4,379
Shandaken8***0***40***549*
Shawangunk106***254**547*3,025
Ulster13***185***230**2,383
Wawarsing65***359*420*2,047
Woodstock14***40***27***1,016
Ulster Villages
Ellenville65***146***97***451**
New Paltz0***10***43***324**
Saugerties0***7***88***808

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 Maintaining
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 Decreasing
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 Decreasing
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 Increasing
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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