Selected SLC Research


Policy Analysis | December 17, 2012

In the SLC member states, what percentage of males and females aged 18-34 are completing post-secondary education?

There exists a growing consensus that states need to increase the proportion of their workforce with post-secondary education. As the United States has shifted from a manufacturing to knowledge-based economy, states seek competitive advantages through a more skilled population. A likely legacy of the historic professional options available to men and women has led to an imbalance in the percentages of individuals with post-secondary degrees between genders. In almost every state in the country, a higher percentage of women have associates or bachelor's degrees. Among those individuals who are most likely to have completed their education and entered the workforce during the shift to an information economy (individuals between 18 and 34), the national gap for associates degrees is 10 percent; for bachelor's degrees the gap is about 20 percent. In other words, for every 10 women with bachelor's degrees, there are eight men.

Post-Secondary Educational Attainment of Males and Females, Ages 18-34 (2011)

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State % males with some college or associate degree % males with bachelor's degree or higher % females with some college or associate degree % females with bachelor's degree or higher some college or associate degree male to female ratio bachelor's degree male to female ratio
Alabama 31.48% 14.41% 35.18% 19.30% 0.87 0.73
Arkansas 29.93% 12.94% 33.79% 17.20% 0.88 0.75
Florida 30.58% 15.99% 35.38% 20.67% 0.87 0.78
Georgia 27.65% 19.07% 32.67% 23.89% 0.84 0.8
Kentucky 31.63% 14.20% 35.85% 18.89% 0.89 0.75
Louisiana 31.66% 12.90% 35.03% 18.65% 0.86 0.66
Mississippi 31.55% 12.63% 37.02% 16.69% 0.81 0.72
Missouri 31.00% 17.55% 35.76% 22.35% 0.86 0.78
North Carolina 29.52% 18.20% 35.69% 23.66% 0.84 0.78
Oklahoma 33.41% 14.54% 35.78% 17.41% 0.94 0.84
South Carolina 29.27% 15.68% 35.76% 20.47% 0.81 0.75
South Dakota 36.12% 16.30% 40.50% 23.54% 0.92 0.72
Tennessee 27.54% 15.56% 33.31% 20.47% 0.83 0.76
Texas 30.02% 15.57% 33.10% 19.15% 0.92 0.82
Virginia 29.46% 22.89% 32.21% 30.11% 0.93 0.77
West Virginia 28.20% 13.56% 36.79% 17.36% 0.77 0.78
United States 30.89% 19.05% 18.5863 23.97% 0.9 0.8