Educational Attainment - % of Population

Education Attainment - % of Population (age 18-24) for Franklin County
Education 2007-2009 2008-2010 2009-2011 2010-2012 2011-2013 2014
Less than High School Education 17.6% 18.7% 20.3% 18.9% 18.9% 14.8%
High School Graduate/GED 44.5% 41.8% 41.2% 43.2% 45.5% 49.3%
Some College 27.2% 26.6% 25.0% 23.8% 25.0% 32.1%
Associate Degree 4.1% 4.9% 5.1% 5.0% 4.1% 5.3%
Bachelors Degree 6.5% 7.9% 8.4% 9.0% 6.5% 4.3%
Graduate or Professional Degree 0.1% 0.2% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.7%

Education Attainment - % of Population (age 25-64) for Franklin County
Education 2007-2009 2008-2010 2009-2011 2010-2012 2011-2013 2014
Less than High School Education 12.8% 12.2% 12.9% 11.5% 11.4% 13.9%
High School Graduate/GED 43.7% 41.5% 41.5% 42.7% 43.6% 41.8%
Some College 16.2% 16.7% 16.2% 16.1% 16.2% 17.7%
Associate Degree 7.5% 8.6% 8.8% 9.2% 9.2% 9.0%
Bachelors Degree 12.6% 13.7% 13.3% 13.8% 13.2% 11.6%
Graduate or Professional Degree 7.2% 7.3% 7.3% 6.7% 6.5% 6.0%

Population with Associate's Level Degree or Higher
26.96% of the population aged 25 and older, or 28,034 have obtained an Associate's level degree or higher. This indicator is relevant because educational attainment has been linked to positive health outcomes.
Report Area Total Population Age 25+ Population Age 25+ with Associate's Degree or Higher Percent Population Age 25+ with Associate's Degree or Higher'
Franklin County, PA 103,988 28,034 26.96%
Pennsylvania 8,764,740 3,140,051 35.83%
United States 209,056,128 77,786,232 37.21%
Note: This Indicator is compared with the state average. Green - Better than state average, Red - Worse than state average.
Data Source: US Census Bureau, American Community Survey. 2010-14. Source geography: Tract
Website Updated August 2016

Population with Associate's Level Degree or Higher

Data Background

The American Community Survey (ACS) is a nationwide, continuous survey designed to provide communities with reliable and timely demographic, housing, social, and economic data. The ACS samples nearly 3 million addresses each year, resulting in nearly 2 million final interviews. The ACS replaces the long-form decennial census; however, the number of household surveys reported annually for the ACS is significantly less than the number reported in the long-form decennial census. As a result, the ACS combines detailed population and housing data from multiple years to produce reliable estimates for small counties, neighborhoods, and other local areas. Negotiating between timeliness and accuracy, the ACS annually releases current, one-year estimates for geographic areas with large populations; three-year and five-year estimates are also released each year for additional areas based on minimum population thresholds.

Citation: U.S. Census Bureau: A Compass for Understanding and Using American Community Survey Data (2008).

For more information about this source, including data collection methodology and definitions, refer to the American Community Survey website.


Population counts for population by educational attainment and total area population data are acquired from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Data represent estimates for the 5 year period 2010-2014. Mapped data are summarized to 2010 census tract boundaries. Area demographic statistics are measured as a percentage of the total population aged 25+ based on the following formula:

Percentage = [Subgroup Population] / [Total Population Age 25+] * 100

For more information on the data reported in the American Community Survey, please see the complete American Community Survey 2014 Subject Definitions.


Trends Over Time
The American Community Survey multi-year estimates are based on data collected over 5 years. For any given consecutive release of ACS 5-year estimates, 4 of the 5 years overlap. The Census Bureau discourages direct comparisons between estimates for overlapping periods; use caution when interpreting this data.

Race and Ethnicity
Race and ethnicity (Hispanic origin) are collected as two separate categories in the American Community Survey (ACS) based on methods established by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in 1997. Indicator race and ethnicity statistics are generated from self-identified survey responses. Using the OMB standard, the available race categories in the ACS are: White, Black, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian, and Other. An ACS survey respondent may identify as one race alone, or may choose multiple races. Respondents selecting multiple categories are racially identified as “Two or More Races”. The minimum ethnicity categories are: Hispanic or Latino, and Not Hispanic or Latino. Respondents may only choose one ethnicity. All social and economic data are reported in the ACS public use files by race alone, ethnicity alone, and for the white non-Hispanic population.

Data Limitations
Beginning in 2006, the population in group quarters (GQ) was included in the ACS. Some types of GQ populations may have educational attainment distributions that are different from the household population. The inclusion of the GQ population could therefore have a noticeable impact on the educational attainment distribution. This is particularly true for areas with a substantial GQ population.

Courtesy: Community Commons, <>, August 2016