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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, an 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 2019, 93% were high school graduates or higher and 34.8% 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 2019, 11.4% of U.S. residents aged 25 and over had not completed high school, while only 6.9% 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., 2019

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Utah vs. U.S.Education LevelPercentage Distribution
Record Count: 12
UtahLess than H.S.6.9%
UtahH.S., includes equiv23.1%
UtahSome College25.5%
UtahAssociate's Degree9.7%
UtahBachelor's Degree23.4%
UtahGrad or Prof Degree11.3%
U.S.Less than H.S.11.4%
U.S.H.S., includes equiv26.9%
U.S.Some College20.0%
U.S.Associate's Degree8.6%
U.S.Bachelor's Degree20.3%
U.S.Grad or Prof Degree12.8%

Data Notes

2019 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, 2019

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Males vs. FemalesEducation Level
Record Count: 18
MaleLess than H.S.7.2%
MaleH.S., includes equiv22.8%
MaleSome College24.5%
MaleAssociate's Degree8.5%
MaleBachelor's Degree23.4%
MaleGrad or Prof Degree13.5%
FemaleLess than H.S.6.6%
FemaleH.S., includes equiv23.4%
FemaleSome College26.5%
FemaleAssociate's Degree10.8%
FemaleBachelor's Degree23.5%
FemaleGrad or Prof Degree9.2%
TotalLess than H.S.6.9%
TotalH.S., includes equiv23.1%
TotalSome College25.5%
TotalAssociate's Degree9.7%
TotalBachelor's Degree23.4%
TotalGrad or Prof Degree11.3%

Data Notes

2019 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., 2019

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Utah vs. U.S.SexPercentage of Adults Age 18-24
Record Count: 6
UtahMale87.8%
UtahFemale91.0%
UtahAll89.3%
U.S.Male86.4%
U.S.Female89.7%
U.S.All88.0%

Data Notes

2019 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+, 2016-2020 ACS 5-year estimate

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Males vs. FemalesCountyPercentage of Adults Age 25+Lower LimitUpper LimitNote
Record Count: 93
MaleBeaver91.7%79.3%104.1%
MaleBox Elder93.0%88.0%98.0%
MaleCache93.8%90.3%97.3%
MaleCarbon92.4%84.4%100.4%
MaleDaggett97.2%92.2%102.2%
MaleDavis95.9%93.3%98.5%
MaleDuchesne88.6%83.2%94.0%
MaleEmery94.2%85.9%102.5%
MaleGarfield92.5%80.0%105.0%
MaleGrand91.8%75.7%107.9%
MaleIron94.8%87.5%102.1%
MaleJuab91.7%81.2%102.2%
MaleKane91.7%75.9%107.5%
MaleMillard88.5%79.3%97.7%
MaleMorgan97.8%85.9%109.7%
MalePiute92.4%76.4%108.4%
MaleRich94.4%76.1%112.7%
MaleSalt Lake90.8%**
MaleSan Juan87.9%79.9%95.9%
MaleSanpete91.9%85.8%98.0%
MaleSevier89.3%82.2%96.4%
MaleSummit95.2%89.6%100.8%
MaleTooele90.1%84.0%96.2%
MaleUintah87.1%79.6%94.6%
MaleUtah95.1%93.2%97.0%
MaleWasatch95.5%87.0%104.0%
MaleWashington93.2%89.0%97.4%
MaleWayne91.2%73.7%108.7%
MaleWeber90.9%88.0%93.8%
MaleState92.5%92.3%92.7%
MaleU.S.87.8%87.7%87.9%
FemaleBeaver91.0%78.1%103.9%
FemaleBox Elder92.8%88.5%97.1%
FemaleCache93.2%89.6%96.8%
FemaleCarbon91.9%84.6%99.2%
FemaleDaggett93.8%67.1%120.5%
FemaleDavis95.9%93.0%98.8%
FemaleDuchesne89.8%84.8%94.8%
FemaleEmery94.5%86.4%102.6%
FemaleGarfield94.9%82.9%106.9%
FemaleGrand95.8%80.3%111.3%
FemaleIron92.0%85.0%99.0%
FemaleJuab93.2%82.7%103.7%
FemaleKane91.1%77.6%104.6%
FemaleMillard90.8%82.6%99.0%
FemaleMorgan97.9%87.8%108.0%
FemalePiute93.1%72.2%114.0%
FemaleRich97.0%79.1%114.9%
FemaleSalt Lake92.2%**
FemaleSan Juan83.6%75.7%91.5%
FemaleSanpete92.1%85.3%98.9%
FemaleSevier92.8%85.7%99.9%
FemaleSummit95.3%89.7%100.9%
FemaleTooele94.0%87.7%100.3%
FemaleUintah89.7%82.2%97.2%
FemaleUtah95.3%93.5%97.1%
FemaleWasatch95.3%87.1%103.5%
FemaleWashington94.4%90.3%98.5%
FemaleWayne87.9%72.6%103.2%
FemaleWeber92.2%89.1%95.3%
FemaleState93.4%93.2%93.6%
FemaleU.S.89.2%89.1%89.3%
TotalBeaver91.4%82.5%100.3%
TotalBox Elder92.9%89.6%96.2%
TotalCache93.5%91.0%96.0%
TotalCarbon92.2%86.8%97.6%
TotalDaggett96.1%86.2%106.0%
TotalDavis95.9%94.0%97.8%
TotalDuchesne89.2%85.5%92.9%
TotalEmery94.4%88.6%100.2%
TotalGarfield93.7%85.0%102.4%
TotalGrand93.8%82.7%104.9%
TotalIron93.4%88.4%98.4%
TotalJuab92.4%85.0%99.8%
TotalKane91.4%80.9%101.9%
TotalMillard89.6%83.4%95.8%
TotalMorgan97.8%90.1%105.5%
TotalPiute92.7%79.7%105.7%
TotalRich95.7%83.0%108.4%
TotalSalt Lake91.5%**
TotalSan Juan85.7%80.1%91.3%
TotalSanpete92.0%87.5%96.5%
TotalSevier91.0%85.9%96.1%
TotalSummit95.2%91.3%99.1%
TotalTooele92.1%87.7%96.5%
TotalUintah88.5%83.3%93.7%
TotalUtah95.2%93.9%96.5%
TotalWasatch95.4%89.6%101.2%
TotalWashington93.8%90.9%96.7%
TotalWayne89.6%77.9%101.3%
TotalWeber91.5%89.4%93.6%
TotalState93.0%92.8%93.2%
TotalU.S.88.5%88.4%88.6%

Data Notes

**A blank in the confidence value column indicates that the estimate is controlled. A statistical test for sampling variability is not appropriate. 2016-2020 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates Table B15002

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+, 2016-2020 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 River93.6%90.9%96.3%
Central90.6%86.9%94.3%
Davis County95.9%93.3%98.5%
Salt Lake County90.8%**
San Juan87.9%79.9%95.9%
Southeast92.7%86.5%98.9%
Southwest93.4%90.1%96.7%
Summit95.2%89.6%100.8%
Tooele90.1%84.0%96.2%
TriCounty87.8%82.8%92.8%
Utah County95.1%93.2%97.0%
Wasatch95.5%87.0%104.0%
Weber-Morgan91.2%88.3%94.1%
State of Utah92.5%92.3%92.7%
U.S.87.8%87.7%87.9%

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. 2016-2020 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+, 2016-2020 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 River93.1%90.4%95.8%
Central92.1%88.3%95.9%
Davis County95.9%93.0%98.8%
Salt Lake County92.2%**
San Juan83.6%75.7%91.5%
Southeast93.6%87.8%99.4%
Southwest93.8%90.5%97.1%
Summit95.3%89.7%100.9%
Tooele94.0%87.7%100.3%
TriCounty89.8%84.7%94.9%
Utah County95.3%93.5%97.1%
Wasatch95.3%87.1%103.5%
Weber-Morgan92.4%89.4%95.4%
State of Utah93.4%93.2%93.6%
U.S.89.2%89.1%89.3%

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. 2016-2020 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+, 2016-2020 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 River33.3%32.1%34.5%
Central20.9%19.5%22.3%
Davis County38.2%36.9%39.5%
Salt Lake County36.5%**
San Juan19.2%16.1%22.3%
Southeast20.2%17.7%22.7%
Southwest29.0%27.6%30.4%
Summit56.1%52.9%59.3%
Tooele23.1%20.4%25.8%
TriCounty15.4%13.7%17.1%
Utah County41.1%**
Wasatch43.7%40.2%47.2%
Weber-Morgan25.6%24.5%26.7%
State of Utah34.7%34.4%35.0%
U.S.32.9%32.8%33.0%

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. 2016-2020 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 2016-2020

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Utah Small AreasPercentage of Utahns Age 25+ With Bachelor's Degree or HigherLower LimitUpper LimitNote
Record Count: 104
Brigham City26.4%24.4%28.4%
Box Elder Co (Other) V224.5%21.6%27.4%
Tremonton18.9%15.9%21.9%
Logan V239.0%37.1%40.9%
North Logan43.7%41.2%46.2%
Cache (Other)/Rich (All) V234.1%31.9%36.3%
Hyrum26.9%23.0%30.8%
Smithfield40.2%35.9%44.5%
Ben Lomond17.8%16.2%19.4%
Weber County (East)35.3%32.4%38.2%
Morgan County33.6%26.5%40.7%*
Ogden (Downtown)22.2%20.2%24.2%
South Ogden35.2%32.5%37.9%
Roy/Hooper20.7%18.8%22.6%
Riverdale29.6%27.4%31.8%
Clearfield Area/Hooper23.0%20.9%25.1%
Layton/South Weber34.7%32.9%36.5%
Kaysville/Fruit Heights51.8%49.2%54.4%
Syracuse35.5%32.3%38.7%
Centerville48.1%44.9%51.3%
Farmington48.1%44.7%51.5%
North Salt Lake42.8%38.6%47.0%
Woods Cross/West Bountiful32.0%28.7%35.3%
Bountiful46.6%43.8%49.4%
SLC (Rose Park)23.1%20.2%26.0%
SLC (Avenues)64.6%61.7%67.5%
SLC (Foothill/East Bench)75.3%71.8%78.8%
Magna11.8%9.2%14.4%
SLC (Glendale) V218.3%15.2%21.4%
West Valley (Center)14.1%12.6%15.6%
West Valley (West) V217.7%13.6%21.8%
West Valley (East) V217.2%15.0%19.4%
SLC (Downtown) V251.5%48.8%54.2%
SLC (Southeast Liberty)64.8%62.4%67.2%
South Salt Lake28.0%24.7%31.3%
SLC (Sugar House)50.5%47.6%53.4%
Millcreek (South)60.3%56.7%63.9%
Millcreek (East)62.8%60.4%65.2%
Holladay V248.8%45.2%52.4%
Cottonwood50.8%48.9%52.7%
Kearns V217.1%15.3%18.9%
Taylorsville (E)/Murray (W)26.6%24.7%28.5%
Taylorsville (West)0.0%**
Murray35.1%32.0%38.2%
Midvale30.7%28.4%33.0%
West Jordan (Northeast) V224.3%21.8%26.8%
West Jordan (Southeast)25.5%23.2%27.8%
West Jordan (W)/Copperton27.5%24.0%31.0%
South Jordan V243.0%40.9%45.1%
Daybreak0.0%**
Sandy (West)32.1%29.1%35.1%
Sandy (Center) V235.0%32.1%37.9%
Sandy (Northeast)51.2%48.6%53.8%
Sandy (Southeast)53.7%51.4%56.0%
Draper47.6%45.0%50.2%
Riverton/Bluffdale36.3%33.0%39.6%
Herriman38.9%34.9%42.9%
Tooele County (Other)23.1%20.8%25.4%
Tooele Valley23.0%20.3%25.7%
Eagle Mountain/Cedar Valley35.0%31.2%38.8%
Lehi45.3%42.6%48.0%
Saratoga Springs46.0%42.4%49.6%
American Fork47.0%45.1%48.9%
Alpine58.4%54.1%62.7%
Pleasant Grove/Lindon43.1%41.3%44.9%
Orem (North)35.8%33.5%38.1%
Orem (West)42.1%39.2%45.0%
Orem (East)48.4%46.3%50.5%
Provo/BYU53.1%51.0%55.2%
Provo (West City Center)30.7%28.3%33.1%
Provo (East City Center)43.9%41.4%46.4%
Salem City41.8%38.4%45.2%
Spanish Fork34.6%31.9%37.3%
Springville36.7%34.2%39.2%
Mapleton49.2%44.6%53.8%
Utah County (South) V218.4%16.0%20.8%
Payson27.0%24.2%29.8%
Park City66.6%63.7%69.5%
Summit County (East)56.1%53.9%58.3%
Wasatch County43.7%41.0%46.4%*
Daggett and Uintah County16.7%14.5%18.9%
Duchesne County13.7%12.2%15.2%*
Nephi/Mona19.8%15.8%23.8%
Delta/Fillmore20.6%17.1%24.1%
Sanpete Valley21.8%18.9%24.7%
Central (Other)20.3%18.6%22.0%
Richfield/Monroe/Salina21.8%18.9%24.7%
Carbon County16.8%14.8%18.6%*
Emery County15.8%13.0%18.6%*
Grand County30.7%24.1%37.3%*
Blanding/Monticello28.0%23.5%32.5%
San Juan County (Other)9.6%-2.7%21.9%
St. George29.2%27.2%31.2%
Washington Co (Other) V226.6%19.0%34.2%
Washington City33.0%29.2%36.8%
Hurricane/La Verkin18.1%15.3%20.9%
Ivins/Santa Clara39.9%34.9%44.9%
Cedar City30.8%28.0%33.6%
Southwest LHD (Other)24.5%21.3%27.7%
State of Utah34.7%34.4%35.0%
U.S.32.9%32.8%33.0%

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]. 2016-2020 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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