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Important Facts for Utah Population Characteristics: Education Level in the Population

Definition

Educational attainment among adults. Education level categories include: less than high school; high school graduate (includes equivalency); some college; Associate's degree; Bachelor's degree; and Graduate or Professional degree.

Numerator

Number of persons in the educational attainment category and population age group.

Denominator

Number of persons in the population age group.

Why Is This Important?

Education level is strongly related to health status. It is too simplistic to say that more education causes better health; however, higher levels of education often result in higher family income, greater self-determination, an understanding of health and illness factors, improved mental health, and a higher level of social and family support. All of those factors can result in better health.

How Are We Doing?

Among Utah adults aged 25 and over in 2022, 93% were high school graduates or higher and 37.9% had a bachelor's or advanced degree.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

Education levels in the U.S. have also improved markedly, although Utahns on average still tend to have more years of schooling than their American counterparts. In 2022, 10.4% of U.S. residents aged 25 and over had not completed high school, while only 7% of Utahns in the same age group had not completed high school.
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Content updated: Wed, 3 Jan 2024 08:03:00 MST