Education

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau

What does this measure?

The number of residents with a particular level of education in a region, expressed as a percentage of all residents 25 and older, broken down by race and ethnicity.

Why is this important?

An educated population makes a more attractive workforce and is better prepared to instruct the next generation of residents. High educational attainment represents a region's investment in human capital and preparation for long-term growth.

How is our region performing?

The proportion of adults in 2014-18 with a bachelor's degree or higher was highest among Asian (52%) and white (35%) residents of the region, and far lower among African American (13%) and Hispanic (16%) residents. The region's Hispanic residents with a bachelor's degree were on par with the nation but lagged behind the New York State rate of 19%. The shares of African Americans with at least a bachelor's degree statewide and nationally were significantly higher than our region (11 points higher statewide, 8 points higher nationally).

The regional proportion of adults without high school diplomas was 8% among white residents, 19% among Asian residents, 23% among African American residents, and 28% among Hispanic residents. These disparities were again reflective of those on the statewide and national level, but the rate of African American residents without a high school diploma notably was higher in the region than in the state (17%) and nation (15%). The percentage of adults in the region without a high school diploma declined 16 percentage points since 2000 among Hispanics, 14 points for African American residents, and 6 points among white residents.

Compared to the region as a whole, the proportion of adults with at least a bachelor's degree in the City of Rochester was substantially lower among Asian (35%) residents, and a bit lower for African American (10%) and Hispanic (9%) residents as well. The percentage of adults who had not completed high school was quite a bit higher in the City of Rochester for Asian (32%), Hispanic (34%), white (14%), and African Americans residents (25%) compared to the region.

Notes about the data

The multi-year figures are from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The bureau combined five years of responses to the survey to provide estimates for smaller geographic areas and increase the precision of its estimates. However, because the information came from a survey, the samples responding to the survey were not always large enough to produce reliable results, especially in small geographic areas. CGR has noted on data tables the estimates with relatively large margins of error. Estimates with three asterisks have the largest margins, plus or minus 50% or more of the estimate. Two asterisks mean plus or minus 35%-50%, and one asterisk means plus or minus 20%-35%. For all estimates, the confidence level is 90%, meaning there is 90% probability the true value (if the whole population were surveyed) would be within the margin of error (or confidence interval). The survey provides data on characteristics of the population that used to be collected only during the decennial census. Data for this indicator are expected to be released in the fourth quarter.


Education Levels of Adults by Race/Ethnicity
AsianBlack or African AmericanLatino or HispanicWhite
United States53%21%16%33%
NYS47%24%19%40%
NYS (excluding NYC)61%23%21%36%
Region52%13%16%35%
Monroe53%14%16%42%
Surrounding Counties45%**9%**15%25%
Genesee65%**4%******10%******22%
Livingston49%******8%******13%****26%
Ontario38%****23%**20%**35%
Orleans29%******7%******5%******17%
Seneca60%****2%******8%******22%
Wayne51%******8%******16%****23%
Wyoming6%******9%******14%******17%
Yates19%******20%******29%******24%
Rochester35%10%9%36%
Batavia53%******4%******19%******25%
Canandaigua66%******18%******13%******40%
Geneva19%******11%******11%****31%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Adults are people 25 and older. Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%. The Census Bureau asks people to identify their race (white, African-American, etc.) separate from their ethnicity (Hispanic or non-Hispanic). So the totals for these categories cannot be added together, as people show up in both a racial and ethnic group.




Number of Adults by Education Level and Race/Ethnicity
AsianBlack or African AmericanLatino or HispanicWhite
United States6,612,2375,472,9175,127,17354,071,057
NYS540,582483,522427,4753,607,074
NYS (excluding NYC)178,053145,084146,4042,267,204
Region9,8499,9876,706246,444
Monroe8,7789,0495,309170,433
Surrounding Counties1,071**938**1,39776,011
Genesee218**39******101******8,505
Livingston215******109******145****10,399
Ontario269****348**516**25,452
Orleans73******132******55******4,471
Seneca79****28******55******4,980
Wayne205******134******308****13,714
Wyoming5******128******121******4,531
Yates7******20******96******3,959
Rochester1,3454,6771,76925,591
Batavia51******26******72******2,282
Canandaigua31******26******16******2,775
Geneva11******67******113****1,742

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Adults are people 25 and older. Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%. The Census Bureau asks people to identify their race (white, African-American, etc.) separate from their ethnicity (Hispanic or non-Hispanic). So the totals for these categories cannot be added together, as people show up in both a racial and ethnic group.











Worse than NYS by 10% or more
Up to 10% worse than NYS
Equal to or better than NYS


INDICATORS - Grouped by Topic REGIONAL VALUE YEAR NYS COMPARISON TREND | REGION
*No or multiple regional values for this indicator


Worse than NYS by 10% or more
Up to 10% worse than NYS
Equal to or better than NYS





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