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Women More Likely Than Men to Have Earned a Bachelor’s Degree by age 31

Nearly 36% of women born in the years 1980–84 had earned a bachelor’s degree by age 31, compared with 28% of men. Among both women and men, 38% had attended some college or earned an associate degree by age 31. Twenty-four percent had earned a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) credential.

Within each racial and ethnic group examined, women were more likely than men to have earned a bachelor’s degree. Forty percent of White non-Hispanic women had earned a bachelor’s degree by age 31, compared with 32% of White non-Hispanic men. Twenty-three percent of Black non-Hispanic women had earned a bachelor’s degree, compared with 14% of Black non-Hispanic men. Among Hispanics or Latinos, women also were also more likely than men to have earned a bachelor’s degree (21% versus 17%).

Among men at age 31, Hispanics and Black non-Hispanics were nearly twice as likely as White non-Hispanic to have dropped out of high school. Women in each of the racial and ethnic groups were less likely than men to have dropped out of high school.

About 35% of Black non-Hispanic men at age 31 were high school graduates or GED recipients who had not attended college. That compares with 31% of Hispanic or Latino men and 26 percent of White non-Hispanic men. About one in five Black, Hispanic, and White men had earned a regular high school diploma; Black men were more likely than Hispanic or White men to have earned a GED.

Among 31-year-old women, 26% of Hispanics or Latinos were high school graduates or GED recipients who had not attended college. That compares with 20% of non-Hispanic Black women and 19 percent of non-Hispanic White women. Women in all three groups were about equally likely to have earned a GED

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