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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, 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.

Educational Attainment: Bachelor's degree or higher by Utah Small Area, Utahns age 25+, ACS 5-Year data 2017-2021

Educational Attainment: Bachelor's degree or higher by Utah Small Area, Utahns age 25+, ACS 5-Year data 2017-2021


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: []. 2017-2021 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates Table S1501

Data Sources

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


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.


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


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 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.
Page Content Updated On 12/30/2022, Published on 01/04/2023
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