States With the Largest Brain Drains

Higher Ed

The U.S. is getting smarter. The percentage of educated people living in the U.S. is on the rise. According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the total percentage of our population with a high school, bachelor’s or advanced degree increased by 0.6% when looking at 2008 to 2009, the most recent statistics available. In 2009, 85.3% of Americans received a high school degree, 27.9% earned a college diploma and 10.3% completed an advanced degree program, such as a doctorate or a master’s. Compare this to 2008 when the numbers were slightly lower: 85% graduated high school, 27.7% graduated college and 10.2% completed an advanced degree program. Of course, not every state contributed to the increase. In terms of educational attainment — the fancy census phrase for earning a diploma — some states are becoming decidedly less educated. Photo Credit: James Almond