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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 (includes equivalency); some college; Associate's degree; Bachelor's degree; and Graduate or Professional 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 2018, 92.4% were high school graduates or higher and 34.9% 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 2018, 11.7% of U.S. residents aged 25 and over had not completed high school, while only 7.6% 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., 2018

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Utah vs. U.S.Education LevelPercentage Distribution
Record Count: 12
UtahLess than H.S.7.6%
UtahH.S., includes equiv22.6%
UtahSome College24.7%
UtahAssociate's Degree10.2%
UtahBachelor's Degree22.8%
UtahGrad or Prof Degree12.0%
U.S.Less than H.S.11.7%
U.S.H.S., includes equiv26.9%
U.S.Some College20.3%
U.S.Associate's Degree8.6%
U.S.Bachelor's Degree20.0%
U.S.Grad or Prof Degree12.6%

Data Notes

2018 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, 2018

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Males vs. FemalesEducation Level
Record Count: 18
MaleLess than H.S.8.0%
MaleH.S., includes equiv22.0%
MaleSome College24.5%
MaleAssociate's Degree9.1%
MaleBachelor's Degree22.1%
MaleGrad or Prof Degree14.4%
FemaleLess than H.S.7.2%
FemaleH.S., includes equiv23.3%
FemaleSome College24.9%
FemaleAssociate's Degree11.4%
FemaleBachelor's Degree23.5%
FemaleGrad or Prof Degree9.6%
TotalLess than H.S.7.6%
TotalH.S., includes equiv22.6%
TotalSome College24.7%
TotalAssociate's Degree10.2%
TotalBachelor's Degree22.8%
TotalGrad or Prof Degree12.0%

Data Notes

2018 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates Table S1501

Data Sources

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


Educational Attainment: High School Graduate or Higher Among Persons Age 18-24 by Sex, Utah and U.S., 2018

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Utah vs. U.S.SexPercentage of Adults Age 18-24
Record Count: 6
UtahMale86.6%
UtahFemale90.7%
UtahAll88.6%
U.S.Male85.8%
U.S.Female89.3%
U.S.All87.5%

Data Notes

2018 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates Table S1501

Data Sources

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


Educational Attainment: High School Graduate or Higher by County and Sex, Utahns Age 25+, 2014-2018 ACS 5-year estimate

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Males vs. FemalesCountyPercentage of Adults Age 25+Lower LimitUpper Limit
Record Count: 90
MaleBeaver89.8%86.0%93.6%
MaleBox Elder93.1%91.8%94.4%
MaleCache93.2%92.3%94.1%
MaleCarbon88.7%86.6%90.8%
MaleDaggett97.9%94.9%100.9%
MaleDavis95.3%94.8%95.8%
MaleDuchesne87.1%85.6%88.6%
MaleEmery93.0%90.9%95.1%
MaleGarfield91.4%88.8%94.0%
MaleGrand94.3%91.7%96.9%
MaleIron93.8%92.4%95.2%
MaleJuab91.0%88.6%93.4%
MaleKane92.5%88.2%96.8%
MaleMillard85.7%83.2%88.2%
MaleMorgan97.3%95.6%99.0%
MalePiute81.8%73.0%90.6%
MaleRich98.4%95.9%100.9%
MaleSalt Lake90.0%89.6%90.4%
MaleSan Juan85.6%83.5%87.7%
MaleSanpete88.4%86.6%90.2%
MaleSevier88.2%85.9%90.5%
MaleSummit94.6%93.2%96.0%
MaleTooele90.4%88.6%92.2%
MaleUintah83.9%81.0%86.8%
MaleUtah94.0%93.6%94.4%
MaleWasatch94.8%92.9%96.7%
MaleWashington92.2%91.2%93.2%
MaleWayne90.3%86.1%94.5%
MaleWeber89.6%88.9%90.3%
MaleState91.6%91.4%91.8%
FemaleBeaver90.8%87.3%94.3%
FemaleBox Elder93.3%92.1%94.5%
FemaleCache93.1%92.4%93.8%
FemaleCarbon92.8%91.2%94.4%
FemaleDaggett92.4%85.5%99.3%
FemaleDavis95.7%95.3%96.1%
FemaleDuchesne88.7%87.1%90.3%
FemaleEmery94.7%93.3%96.1%
FemaleGarfield92.6%89.0%96.2%
FemaleGrand87.6%82.7%92.5%
FemaleIron91.8%89.9%93.7%
FemaleJuab93.5%91.1%95.9%
FemaleKane93.1%90.4%95.8%
FemaleMillard91.8%89.7%93.9%
FemaleMorgan97.9%96.4%99.4%
FemalePiute92.7%89.5%95.9%
FemaleRich98.8%97.4%100.2%
FemaleSalt Lake90.8%90.5%91.1%
FemaleSan Juan82.0%79.4%84.6%
FemaleSanpete91.1%89.6%92.6%
FemaleSevier91.6%89.6%93.6%
FemaleSummit95.1%94.1%96.1%
FemaleTooele91.5%90.3%92.7%
FemaleUintah88.3%86.2%90.4%
FemaleUtah94.4%94.1%94.7%
FemaleWasatch95.3%93.8%96.8%
FemaleWashington92.9%92.0%93.8%
FemaleWayne86.5%82.2%90.8%
FemaleWeber91.1%90.4%91.8%
FemaleState92.3%92.1%92.5%
TotalBeaver90.3%87.4%93.2%
TotalBox Elder93.2%92.2%94.2%
TotalCache93.1%92.5%93.7%
TotalCarbon90.8%89.4%92.2%
TotalDaggett96.2%93.1%99.3%
TotalDavis95.5%95.2%95.8%
TotalDuchesne87.9%86.8%89.0%
TotalEmery93.9%92.6%95.2%
TotalGarfield92.0%89.7%94.3%
TotalGrand90.8%88.0%93.6%
TotalIron92.8%91.6%94.0%
TotalJuab92.2%90.3%94.1%
TotalKane92.8%90.4%95.2%
TotalMillard88.7%86.9%90.5%
TotalMorgan97.6%96.3%98.9%
TotalPiute86.9%81.8%92.0%
TotalRich98.6%97.3%99.9%
TotalSalt Lake90.4%90.1%90.7%
TotalSan Juan83.8%82.0%85.6%
TotalSanpete89.7%88.4%91.0%
TotalSevier89.9%88.2%91.6%
TotalSummit94.9%94.0%95.8%
TotalTooele91.0%89.8%92.2%
TotalUintah86.1%84.1%88.1%
TotalUtah94.2%93.9%94.5%
TotalWasatch95.1%94.0%96.2%
TotalWashington92.5%91.7%93.3%
TotalWayne88.5%85.1%91.9%
TotalWeber90.3%89.8%90.8%
TotalState92.0%91.9%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. 2014-2018 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates Table S1501

Data Sources

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


Educational Attainment: High School Graduate or Higher by Local Health District and Sex, Utah Males Age 25+, 2014-2018 ACS 5-year estimate

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Local Health DistrictPercentage of Utah Males 25+, High School Graduate or HigherLower LimitUpper LimitNote
Record Count: 15
Bear River93.2%90.6%95.8%
Central88.1%84.9%91.3%
Davis County95.3%92.9%97.7%
Salt Lake County90.0%**
San Juan85.6%78.3%92.9%
Southeast91.2%86.0%96.4%
Southwest92.4%89.4%95.4%
Summit94.6%89.8%99.4%
Tooele90.4%84.8%96.0%
TriCounty85.3%80.3%90.3%
Utah County94.0%92.5%95.5%
Wasatch94.8%86.8%102.8%
Weber-Morgan89.9%87.5%92.3%
State of Utah91.6%91.4%91.8%
U.S.87.0%86.9%87.1%

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. 2014-2018 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates Table B15002 and S1501

Data Sources

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


Educational Attainment: High School Graduate or Higher by Local Health District and Sex, Utah Females Age 25+, 2014-2018 ACS 5-year estimate

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Local Health DistrictPercentage of Utah Females 25+, High School Graduate or HigherLower LimitUpper LimitNote
Record Count: 15
Bear River93.2%90.6%95.8%
Central91.6%88.1%95.1%
Davis County95.7%93.4%98.0%
Salt Lake County90.8%**
San Juan82.0%74.7%89.3%
Southeast91.9%86.8%97.0%
Southwest92.6%89.6%95.6%
Summit95.1%90.5%99.7%
Tooele91.5%85.8%97.2%
TriCounty88.5%83.9%93.1%
Utah County94.4%92.9%95.9%
Wasatch95.3%87.0%103.6%
Weber-Morgan91.4%88.9%93.9%
State of Utah92.3%92.1%92.5%
U.S.88.3%88.2%88.4%

Data Notes

**A blank in the confidence value column indicates that the estimate is controlled. A statistical test for sampling variability is not appropriate. 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. 2014-2018 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates Table B15002 and 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+, 2014-2018 ACS 5-year estimate

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Local Health DistrictPercentage of Utahns 25+ With Bachelor's Degree or HigherLower LimitUpper LimitNote
Record Count: 15
Bear River32.8%31.7%33.9%
Central18.9%17.7%20.1%
Davis County37.5%36.4%38.6%
Salt Lake County34.5%**
San Juan18.4%15.7%21.1%
Southeast18.9%17.1%20.7%
Southwest27.7%26.5%28.9%
Summit55.3%52.8%57.8%
Tooele23.0%20.7%25.3%
TriCounty14.6%13.2%16.0%
Utah County40.1%**
Wasatch40.6%37.0%44.2%
Weber-Morgan24.4%23.6%25.2%
State of Utah33.3%33.0%33.6%
U.S.31.5%31.4%31.6%

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. 2014-2018 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 2014-2018

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Utah Small AreasPercentage of Utahns Age 25+ With Bachelor's Degree or HigherLower LimitUpper LimitNote
Record Count: 104
Brigham City25.9%24.0%27.8%
Box Elder Co (Other) V223.1%20.9%25.3%
Tremonton19.3%16.8%21.8%
Logan V238.3%36.5%40.1%
North Logan44.4%41.7%47.1%
Cache (Other)/Rich (All) V234.3%32.1%36.5%
Hyrum28.2%24.7%31.7%
Smithfield34.8%31.2%38.4%
Ben Lomond16.7%15.3%18.1%
Weber County (East)35.0%33.2%36.8%
Morgan County39.5%36.3%42.7%*
Ogden (Downtown)20.9%19.3%22.5%
South Ogden32.2%30.4%34.0%
Roy/Hooper20.2%18.4%22.0%
Riverdale27.4%24.5%30.3%
Clearfield Area/Hooper22.9%21.4%24.4%
Layton/South Weber32.8%31.0%34.6%
Kaysville/Fruit Heights48.7%46.4%51.0%
Syracuse37.3%33.9%40.7%
Centerville49.1%46.3%51.9%
Farmington47.4%44.5%50.3%
North Salt Lake45.8%42.8%48.8%
Woods Cross/West Bountiful31.6%28.4%34.8%
Bountiful44.0%42.3%45.7%
SLC (Rose Park)18.2%16.0%20.4%
SLC (Avenues)62.8%60.3%65.3%
SLC (Foothill/East Bench)72.0%69.9%74.1%
Magna9.5%7.8%11.2%
SLC (Glendale) V215.0%12.3%17.7%
West Valley (Center)13.8%12.5%15.1%
West Valley (West) V212.9%10.7%15.1%
West Valley (East) V215.3%13.7%16.9%
SLC (Downtown) V249.1%47.3%50.9%
SLC (Southeast Liberty)61.5%59.1%63.9%
South Salt Lake25.0%21.9%28.1%
SLC (Sugar House)48.1%46.1%50.1%
Millcreek (South)56.1%53.0%59.2%
Millcreek (East)60.2%58.1%62.3%
Holladay V247.0%44.5%49.5%
Cottonwood49.6%47.4%51.8%
Kearns V215.7%14.5%16.9%
Taylorsville (E)/Murray (W)28.1%26.2%30.0%
Taylorsville (West)****
Murray31.2%28.9%33.5%
Midvale30.1%27.1%33.1%
West Jordan (Northeast) V223.4%21.1%25.7%
West Jordan (Southeast)24.1%22.2%26.0%
West Jordan (W)/Copperton25.6%23.4%27.8%
South Jordan V241.6%40.0%43.2%
Daybreak****
Sandy (West)28.0%25.8%30.2%
Sandy (Center) V234.7%32.1%37.3%
Sandy (Northeast)51.3%48.6%54.0%
Sandy (Southeast)51.4%49.2%53.6%
Draper50.1%47.2%53.0%
Riverton/Bluffdale32.8%30.5%35.1%
Herriman33.9%29.9%37.9%
Tooele County (Other)21.5%18.4%24.6%
Tooele Valley23.3%21.1%25.5%
Eagle Mountain/Cedar Valley32.2%29.0%35.4%
Lehi45.3%42.4%48.2%
Saratoga Springs46.4%43.2%49.6%
American Fork45.8%43.8%47.8%
Alpine56.4%52.6%60.2%
Pleasant Grove/Lindon42.3%40.4%44.2%
Orem (North)34.5%32.2%36.8%
Orem (West)40.1%37.7%42.5%
Orem (East)46.6%43.8%49.4%
Provo/BYU54.4%52.4%56.4%
Provo (West City Center)27.8%25.8%29.8%
Provo (East City Center)44.7%40.9%48.5%
Salem City39.7%36.7%42.7%
Spanish Fork31.6%29.8%33.4%
Springville36.1%33.9%38.3%
Mapleton47.1%43.7%50.5%
Utah County (South) V221.6%18.7%24.5%
Payson25.4%23.5%27.3%
Park City66.0%64.0%68.0%
Summit County (East)32.1%27.0%37.2%
Wasatch County40.6%37.8%43.4%*
Daggett and Uintah County15.2%13.3%17.1%
Duchesne County14.4%13.1%15.7%*
Nephi/Mona18.1%15.4%20.8%
Delta/Fillmore21.7%18.1%25.3%
Sanpete Valley19.7%17.5%21.9%
Central (Other)17.7%16.3%19.1%
Richfield/Monroe/Salina18.9%16.9%20.9%
Carbon County16.4%14.8%18.0%*
Emery County14.7%12.3%17.1%*
Grand County27.7%23.4%32.0%*
Blanding/Monticello29.7%25.5%33.9%
San Juan County (Other)9.0%2.1%15.9%
St. George28.3%26.7%29.9%
Washington Co (Other) V225.5%19.5%31.5%
Washington City32.0%28.5%35.5%
Hurricane/La Verkin18.5%16.2%20.8%
Ivins/Santa Clara33.1%28.5%37.7%
Cedar City30.9%28.6%33.2%
Southwest LHD (Other)22.8%20.0%25.6%
State of Utah33.3%33.0%33.6%
U.S.31.5%31.4%31.6%

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]. 2014-2018 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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