Facts and Figures About Advanced Education Degrees Among Adults

Last Updated: October 28, 2013

This article appeared in the October 2013 Rural Policy Matters.

Question: A higher percentage of adults in metro counties hold college or professional degrees than do adults in nonmetro counties. Has that gap been closing or growing wider in recent years?

Answer: Growing wider. The gap increased from 9.5% in 1990 to 12.6% in 2009.

Source: Rural America At A Glance, 2011 Edition, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service. www.ers.usda.gov/publications/eib-economic-information-bulletin/eib85.aspx

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