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Complete Health Indicator Report of Utah Population Characteristics: Education Level in the Population

Definition

Educational attainment among adults. Education level categories include: less than high school; high school graduate or G.E.D.; some college; Associate's degree; Bachelor's degree; and advanced degree.

Numerator

Number of persons in the educational attainment category and population age group.

Denominator

Number of persons in the population age group.

Why Is This Important?

Education level is strongly related to health status. It is too simplistic to say that more education causes better health; however, higher levels of education often result in higher family income, greater self-determination and understanding of health and illness factors, improved mental health, and a higher level of social and family support. All of those factors can result in better health.

Healthy People Objective ECBP-6:

Increase the proportion of the population that completes high school education
U.S. Target: 97.9 percent

How Are We Doing?

Among Utah adults aged 25 and over in 2017, 92.1% were high school graduates or higher and 34.6% had a bachelor's or advanced degree.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

Education levels in the U.S. have also improved markedly, although Utahns on average still tend to have more years of schooling than their American counterparts. In 2017, 12.0% of U.S. residents aged 25 and over had not completed high school, while only 7.8% of Utahns in the same age group had not completed high school.


Related Indicators

Related Relevant Population Characteristics Indicators:


Related Health Care System Factors Indicators:


Health Status Outcomes

Socio-economic status (including income and education) is strongly related to health status outcomes. It is unclear to what extent poor education status leads to poor health outcomes, or whether poor health leads to an inability to complete one's educational goals. Both are probably true to some extent.

Related Health Status Outcomes Indicators:




Graphical Data Views

Educational Attainment: Highest Level of Attainment, Aged 25 Years or Over, Utah and U.S., 2017

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Utah vs. U.S.Education LevelPercentage Distribution
Record Count: 12
UtahLess Than High School7.8%
UtahH.S. Grad or G.E.D.22.3%
UtahSome College25.7%
UtahAssoc. Degree9.5%
UtahBachelor's Degree22.8%
UtahAdvanced Degree11.8%
U.S.Less Than High School12.0%
U.S.H.S. Grad or G.E.D.27.1%
U.S.Some College20.4%
U.S.Assoc. Degree8.5%
U.S.Bachelor's Degree19.7%
U.S.Advanced Degree12.3%

Data Notes

2017 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates Table S1501

Data Sources

  • U.S. Bureau of the Census
  • American Community Survey


Educational Attainment: Highest Level of Attainment by Sex, Utahns Aged 25 Years or Over, 2017

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Males vs. FemalesEducation Level
Record Count: 12
MaleLess Than High School8.4%
MaleH.S. Grad or G.E.D.21.3%
MaleSome College25.2%
MaleAssoc. Degree8.2%
MaleBachelor's Degree22.7%
MaleAdvanced Degree14.2%
FemaleLess Than High School7.4%
FemaleH.S. Grad or G.E.D.23.4%
FemaleSome College26.2%
FemaleAssoc. Degree10.7%
FemaleBachelor's Degree22.9%
FemaleAdvanced Degree9.4%

Data Notes

2017 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates Table S1501

Data Sources

  • American Community Survey
  • U.S. Bureau of the Census


Educational Attainment: High School Diploma Among Persons Age 18-24 by Sex, Utah and U.S., 2017

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Utah vs. U.S.SexPercentage of Adults Age 18-24
Record Count: 6
UtahMale88.5%
UtahFemale91.1%
UtahAll89.8%
U.S.Male85.4%
U.S.Female89.2%
U.S.All87.2%

Data Notes

2017 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates Table S1501

Data Sources

  • U.S. Bureau of the Census
  • American Community Survey


Educational Attainment: High School Diploma by County and Sex, Utahns Age 25+, 2013-2017 ACS 5-year estimate

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Males vs. FemalesCountyPercentage of Adults Age 25+Lower LimitUpper LimitNote
Record Count: 60
MaleBeaver91.9%88.7%95.1%
MaleBox Elder92.8%91.5%94.1%
MaleCache93.6%93.0%94.2%
MaleCarbon87.3%84.9%89.7%
MaleDaggett96.5%91.9%101.1%
MaleDavis95.3%94.8%95.8%
MaleDuchesne87.2%85.5%88.9%
MaleEmery93.9%91.9%95.9%
MaleGarfield90.7%87.2%94.2%
MaleGrand93.1%89.7%96.5%
MaleIron93.4%91.8%95.0%
MaleJuab91.6%89.3%93.9%
MaleKane94.6%92.3%96.9%
MaleMillard88.3%85.5%91.1%
MaleMorgan97.2%95.6%98.8%
MalePiute75.2%63.8%86.6%
MaleRich96.4%91.7%101.1%
MaleSalt Lake89.8%89.4%90.2%**
MaleSan Juan84.3%82.1%86.5%
MaleSanpete87.6%85.6%89.6%
MaleSevier87.9%85.5%90.3%
MaleSummit93.8%92.7%94.9%
MaleTooele91.1%89.4%92.8%
MaleUintah83.7%81.1%86.3%
MaleUtah93.7%93.3%94.1%
MaleWasatch92.5%90.3%94.7%
MaleWashington92.3%91.2%93.4%
MaleWayne90.9%86.1%95.7%
MaleWeber89.4%88.6%90.2%
MaleState91.4%91.2%91.6%
FemaleBeaver89.6%86.4%92.8%
FemaleBox Elder94.1%93.0%95.2%
FemaleCache92.9%92.1%93.7%
FemaleCarbon91.9%89.9%93.9%
FemaleDaggett92.2%85.9%98.5%
FemaleDavis95.9%95.5%96.3%
FemaleDuchesne87.7%85.9%89.5%
FemaleEmery92.8%90.9%94.7%
FemaleGarfield91.8%87.9%95.7%
FemaleGrand88.9%83.1%94.7%
FemaleIron91.5%89.6%93.4%
FemaleJuab93.2%90.8%95.6%
FemaleKane93.1%89.8%96.4%
FemaleMillard91.0%88.8%93.2%
FemaleMorgan97.2%95.5%98.9%
FemalePiute93.3%90.4%96.2%
FemaleRich99.5%99.0%100.0%
FemaleSalt Lake90.6%90.2%91.0%
FemaleSan Juan83.1%80.9%85.3%
FemaleSanpete90.9%89.3%92.5%
FemaleSevier92.0%90.3%93.7%
FemaleSummit93.7%92.6%94.8%
FemaleTooele92.6%91.3%93.9%
FemaleUintah88.1%86.5%89.7%
FemaleUtah94.2%93.8%94.6%
FemaleWasatch93.5%91.8%95.2%
FemaleWashington92.6%91.7%93.5%
FemaleWayne86.3%81.1%91.5%
FemaleWeber90.8%90.1%91.5%
FemaleState92.2%92.0%92.4%

Data Notes

**A blank in the confidence value column indicates that the estimate is controlled. A statistical test for sampling variability is not appropriate. 2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates Table S1501

Data Sources

  • U.S. Bureau of the Census
  • American Community Survey


Educational Attainment: High School Diploma by Local Health District and Sex, Utah Males Age 25+, 2013-2017 ACS 5-year estimate

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Local Health DistrictPercentage of Utah Males 25+ With H.S. DiplomaLower LimitUpper LimitNote
Record Count: 14
Bear River93.4%90.8%96.0%
Central88.1%84.9%91.3%
Davis County95.3%92.9%97.7%
Salt Lake County89.8%0.0%0.0%**
San Juan84.3%77.4%91.2%
Southeast90.5%84.8%96.2%
Southwest92.5%89.4%95.6%
Summit93.8%88.7%98.9%
Tooele91.1%85.3%96.9%
TriCounty85.2%80.6%89.8%
Utah County93.7%92.2%95.2%
Wasatch92.5%85.0%100.0%
Weber-Morgan89.7%87.3%92.1%
State of Utah91.4%90.7%92.1%

Data Notes

**A blank in the confidence value column indicates that the estimate is controlled. A statistical test for sampling variability is not appropriate. Prior to 2015 San Juan County was part of the Southeast Local Health District. In 2015 the San Juan County Local Health District was formed. Data reported are for all years using the current boundaries. 2013-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates Table S1501

Data Sources

  • U.S. Bureau of the Census
  • American Community Survey


Educational Attainment: High School Diploma by Local Health District and Sex, Utah Females Age 25+, 2013-2017 ACS 5-year estimate

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Local Health DistrictPercentage of Utah Females 25+ With H.S. DiplomaLower LimitUpper LimitNote
Record Count: 14
Bear River93.4%90.9%95.9%
Central91.4%87.9%94.9%
Davis County95.9%93.5%98.3%
Salt Lake County90.6%0.0%0.0%**
San Juan83.1%75.8%90.4%
Southeast91.4%86.2%96.6%
Southwest92.3%89.3%95.3%
Summit93.7%88.9%98.5%
Tooele92.6%87.2%98.0%
TriCounty88.0%83.1%92.9%
Utah County94.2%92.7%95.7%
Wasatch93.5%85.3%101.7%
Weber-Morgan91.1%88.7%93.5%
State of Utah92.2%91.5%92.9%

Data Notes

**A blank in the confidence value column indicates that the estimate is controlled. A statistical test for sampling variability is not appropriate. Prior to 2015 San Juan County was part of the Southeast Local Health District. In 2015 the San Juan County Local Health District was formed. Data reported are for all years using the current boundaries. 2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates Table S1501

Data Sources

  • U.S. Bureau of the Census
  • American Community Survey


Educational Attainment: Bachelor's Degree or Higher by Local Health District, Utahns Age 25+, 2013-2017 ACS 5-year estimate

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Local Health DistrictPercentage of Utahns 25+ With Bachelor's DegreeLower LimitUpper LimitNote
Record Count: 14
Bear River31.9%30.9%32.9%
Central19.0%17.8%20.2%
Davis County36.2%35.1%37.3%
Salt Lake County33.6%0.0%0.0%**
San Juan17.3%14.8%19.8%
Southeast18.6%16.7%20.5%
Southwest27.8%26.6%29.0%
Summit53.5%50.8%56.2%
Tooele22.6%20.3%24.9%
TriCounty14.3%12.9%15.7%
Utah County39.4%38.7%40.1%
Wasatch38.7%35.4%42.0%
Weber-Morgan24.6%23.8%25.4%
State of Utah32.5%32.1%32.9%

Data Notes

**A blank in the confidence value column indicates that the estimate is controlled. A statistical test for sampling variability is not appropriate. Prior to 2015 San Juan County was part of the Southeast Local Health District. In 2015 the San Juan County Local Health District was formed. Data reported are for all years using the current boundaries. 2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates Table S1501

Data Sources

  • U.S. Bureau of the Census
  • American Community Survey


Educational Attainment: Bachelor's Degree or Higher by Utah Small Area, Utahns Age 25+, ACS 5-Year data 2013-2017

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Utah Small AreasPercentage of Persons Age 25+Lower LimitUpper LimitNote
Record Count: 104
Brigham City24.3%22.6%26.0%
Box Elder Co (Other) V217.9%16.7%19.1%
Tremonton19.9%18.1%21.7%
Logan V236.9%35.2%38.6%
North Logan44.9%41.9%47.9%
Cache (Other)/Rich (All) V233.5%31.7%35.3%
Hyrum26.2%22.1%30.3%
Smithfield33.7%29.6%37.8%
Ben Lomond16.4%15.0%17.8%
Weber County (East)35.0%32.7%37.3%
Morgan County40.0%36.5%43.5%*
Ogden (Downtown)20.4%18.4%22.4%
South Ogden32.1%30.0%34.2%
Roy/Hooper21.1%19.3%22.9%
Riverdale28.3%26.4%30.2%
Clearfield Area/Hooper21.8%20.1%23.5%
Layton/South Weber30.9%29.0%32.8%
Kaysville/Fruit Heights48.4%45.6%51.2%
Syracuse36.5%33.3%39.7%
Centerville48.1%44.7%51.5%
Farmington45.8%42.9%48.7%
North Salt Lake44.3%41.4%47.2%
Woods Cross/West Bountiful31.6%28.1%35.1%
Bountiful42.5%40.8%44.2%
SLC (Rose Park)17.3%15.5%19.1%
SLC (Avenues)62.3%59.2%65.4%
SLC (Foothill/East Bench)74.4%70.7%78.1%
Magna10.5%9.0%12.0%
SLC (Glendale) V214.6%12.3%16.9%
West Valley (Center)13.1%11.8%14.4%
West Valley (West) V213.0%10.9%15.1%
West Valley (East) V214.8%13.6%16.0%
SLC (Downtown) V248.8%46.7%50.9%
SLC (Southeast Liberty)60.7%57.8%63.6%
South Salt Lake26.6%23.6%29.6%
SLC (Sugar House)45.9%43.2%48.6%
Millcreek (South)54.2%51.3%57.1%
Millcreek (East)58.4%55.7%61.1%
Holladay V246.0%43.3%48.7%
Cottonwood47.1%44.9%49.3%
Kearns V215.3%14.2%16.4%
Taylorsville (E)/Murray (W)25.5%23.5%27.5%
Taylorsville (West)****
Murray30.5%28.2%32.8%
Midvale29.2%26.8%31.6%
West Jordan (Northeast) V222.5%20.7%24.3%
West Jordan (Southeast)22.4%20.3%24.5%
West Jordan (W)/Copperton24.6%22.6%26.6%
South Jordan V241.3%39.2%43.4%
Daybreak****
Sandy (West)27.3%24.8%29.8%
Sandy (Center) V234.2%31.3%37.1%
Sandy (Northeast)51.4%49.1%53.7%
Sandy (Southeast)49.5%46.9%52.1%
Draper49.8%47.9%51.7%
Riverton/Bluffdale30.1%28.2%32.0%
Herriman34.2%30.3%38.1%
Tooele County (Other)21.3%18.1%24.5%
Tooele Valley22.9%20.9%24.9%
Eagle Mountain/Cedar Valley32.2%29.2%35.2%
Lehi43.6%40.1%47.1%
Saratoga Springs45.4%42.4%48.4%
American Fork45.0%43.3%46.7%
Alpine53.6%49.8%57.4%
Pleasant Grove/Lindon42.1%40.1%44.1%
Orem (North)33.4%31.5%35.3%
Orem (West)39.6%36.9%42.3%
Orem (East)44.7%42.7%46.7%
Provo/BYU53.9%52.2%55.6%
Provo (West City Center)27.8%25.7%29.9%
Provo (East City Center)45.0%41.3%48.7%
Salem City37.4%34.4%40.4%
Spanish Fork29.5%27.7%31.3%
Springville35.4%33.0%37.8%
Mapleton45.8%42.0%49.6%
Utah County (South) V222.1%19.3%24.9%
Payson25.3%23.5%27.1%
Park City64.8%62.4%67.2%
Summit County (East)28.2%25.3%31.1%
Wasatch County38.7%35.8%41.6%*
Daggett and Uintah County14.3%12.5%16.1%
Duchesne County14.5%13.2%15.8%*
Nephi/Mona17.6%14.4%20.8%
Delta/Fillmore20.5%17.6%23.4%
Sanpete Valley19.2%17.1%21.3%
Central (Other)18.8%17.3%20.3%
Richfield/Monroe/Salina18.4%16.4%20.4%
Carbon County15.7%13.7%17.7%*
Emery County15.0%12.8%17.2%*
Grand County27.8%23.0%32.6%*
Blanding/Monticello27.3%23.7%30.9%
San Juan County (Other)9.8%-0.5%20.1%
St. George29.6%28.1%31.1%
Washington Co (Other) V224.8%17.1%32.5%
Washington City30.6%26.5%34.7%
Hurricane/La Verkin19.7%17.0%22.4%
Ivins/Santa Clara31.6%27.5%35.7%
Cedar City32.4%30.4%34.4%
Southwest LHD (Other)22.3%18.3%26.3%
State of Utah32.5%32.2%32.8%
U.S.30.9%30.8%31.0%

Data Notes

The confidence intervals are at 90%. *Small areas that are also counties use the ACS county estimate. **The ACS uses 5-digit ZIP Code Tabulation Areas (ZCTAs) based on boundaries from the 2010 Census. Some Small Areas consist of ZIP Codes that were introduced after 2010; therefore, data are not available for these Small Areas from the ACS. A description of the Utah Small Areas may be found on IBIS at the following URL: [https://ibis.health.utah.gov/resource/Guidelines.html]. 2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates Table S1501

Data Sources

  • U.S. Bureau of the Census
  • American Community Survey

More Resources and Links

Evidence-based community health improvement ideas and interventions may be found at the following sites:

Additional indicator data by state and county may be found on these Websites:

Medical literature can be queried at the PubMed website.

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