- Educational attainment is closely linked to employment and earnings. On average, those with more education earn higher incomes and are more likely to be employed in jobs with other benefits such as health insurance.
- Studies show that education further empowers individuals by increasing their social standing, social supports, and sense of personal control. As a consequence of factors such as these and more, greater educational attainment is linked to better health outcomes for adults and for their children.
- The percentage of population with less than a high school diploma or GED has declined in all metro Atlanta counties, while the percentage of population with a Bachelor’s degree or more has increased in almost all counties during the period from 2005-2007 to 2011-2013. These regional trends parallel broader ones in the U.S. as a whole of increasing high school completion rates and education levels in general (National Center for Education Statistics, 2014).
- Although overall trends point to increasing levels of education, large metros diverge on several metrics. Compared to other large metros, Atlanta ranks in the middle of the pack with regard to percent of population with less than a high school diploma or GED and ranks among the top metros in the percentage of population with a Bachelor’s degree or higher.
In keeping with last week’s Monday Mapday, we are continuing to assess educational outcomes throughout metro Atlanta. Last week’s map showed 3rd grade reading proficiency, so this week we wanted to show the percentage of people with a Bachelor’s degree or higher. The two
This map, from our special feature So What Exactly Happens After High School?, uses data from the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) (mapped using Neighborhood Nexus) shows, by school, the percentage of 2009 high school graduates (for most high schools in the five core counties) who had earned a bachelor’s degree within five years. We can