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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: Highest Level of Attainment, Aged 25 Years or Over, Utah and U.S., 2015

Notes

2015 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates Table S1501

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 2015, 91.5% were high school graduates or higher and 31.8% 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 2015, 12.8% of U.S. residents aged 25 and over had not completed high school, while only 8.5% of Utahns in the same age group had not completed high school.
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