Educational Attainment

What is educational attainment?

Educational attainment is the highest level of education a person has completed. People with more education usually earn more than people with less education. In California, 19 percent of adults over 25 do not have a high school degree, compared to 14 percent for the United States.


Why is this indicator included in CalEnviroScreen?

  • People with more education are more likely to have better health and live longer.
  • Studies have found that communities of more educated people are less polluted.
  • Adults with less education have more pollution-related health problems. They are more likely to die from the effects of air pollution.


What measure is used in CalEnviroScreen 3.0 to evaluate educational attainment?

  • The US Census Bureau's American Community Survey maintains information on the rates of educational attainment across different areas in California.
  • The indicator is the percent of the population over age 25 with less than a high school education.
  • The data are from the years 2011-2015.
  • A complete description of the Educational Attainment indicator can be found in the CalEnviroScreen 3.0 report.


Where can I find more information about educational attainment?

CalEnviroScreen 3.0 Educational Attainment Map

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