For the First Time, a Larger Percentage of Women Hold a College Degree Than Men

Census_Bureau_seal.svgThe U.S. Bureau of the Census has just released its annual data on Educational Attainment in the United States.  The report shows that in 2014, 34,784,000 women in the United States over the age of 25 had completed at least a four-year bachelor’s degree program. This was 32 percent of all adult women in the United States. For adult men, 31.9 percent had achieved at least a bachelor’s degree.

In recent years women have been earning more college degrees than men. But it appears that now for the first time, for adults of all ages women are more likely than men to be college-educated.

The new census data shows that more than 9.9 million American women over the age of 25 hold master’s degrees but no higher degree. This compares to 7.8 million adult men over the age of 25 who have a master’s degree but no higher degree..

Men continue to have a lead over women in professional and doctoral degrees. In 2014, 1,327,000 American women over the age of 25 held a professional degree compared to 1,821,000 adult men. Some 1,374,000 adult American women held doctorates. Men continue to have a large lead with 2,329,000 doctorates.

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