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

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.

Educational Attainment: Bachelor's Degree or Higher by Utah Small Area, Utahns Age 25+, ACS 5-Year data 2009-2013


Educational Attainment: Bachelor's Degree or Higher by Utah Small Area, Utahns Age 25+, ACS 5-Year data 2009-2013

Notes

The confidence intervals are at 90%. *Small areas that are also counties use the ACS county estimate. A description of the Utah Small Areas may be found on IBIS at the following URL: http://ibis.health.utah.gov/query/Help.html.

Data Sources

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

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.

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 2013, 91.6% were high school graduates or higher and 31.4% 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 2013, 13.4% of U.S. residents aged 25 and over had not completed high school, while only 8.4% of Utahns in the same age group had not completed high school.
Page Content Updated On 01/06/2015, Published on 03/22/2015
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Content updated: Tue, 28 Jul 2015 19:46:21 MDT