Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity
What does this measure?
The number of residents with a particular level of education in a region, expressed as a percentage of all residents 25 and older, broken down by race and ethnicity.
Why is this important?
An educated population makes a more attractive workforce and is better prepared to instruct the next generation of residents. High educational attainment represents a region's investment in human capital and preparation for long-term growth.
How is our county doing?
The share of Essex County adults in 2010-14 with a bachelor's degree or higher was highest among Asian residents (51%), followed by white residents (40%), African American residents (23%) and Hispanic residents (12%). These proportions were equal for African American residents in the state, and somewhat lower for all other groups, and fairly similar to national proportions.
All groups increased the rates of those with a bachelor's degree or higher since 2000. Asian residents had the largest increase of 10 percentage points, white residents increased by 7 points, African American residents by 6 points and Hispanic residents by 3 points. The cities of Lawrence and Lynn had extremely low rates of Hispanic residents with at least a bachelor's degree: 7% and 8%, respectively.
How do we compare to similar counties?
Essex County had lower rates of adults with bachelor's or higher degrees than the comparison counties for every group except that Essex County and Lake, IL both had very low rates of Hispanic residents with bachelor's degrees. In Middlesex, MA and Westchester, NY, 28% and 21%, respectively, of Hispanic residents had bachelor's or higher degrees.
Notes about the data
Adults are people 25 and older. The multi-year figures are from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The bureau combined five years of responses to the survey to provide estimates for smaller geographic areas and increase the precision of its estimates. However, because the information came from a survey, the samples responding to the survey were not always large enough to produce reliable results, especially in small geographic areas. CGR has noted on data tables the estimates with relatively large margins of error. Estimates with three asterisks have the largest margins, plus or minus 50% or more of the estimate. Two asterisks mean plus or minus 35%-50%, and one asterisk means plus or minus 20%-35%. For all estimates, the confidence level is 90%, meaning there is 90% probability the true value (if the whole population were surveyed) would be within the margin of error (or confidence interval).
The survey provides data on characteristics of the population that used to be collected only during the decennial census. Data for this indicator are released annually in December.