Portion of adults age 25 and older who have attained at least some college education after graduating from high school
Indicator Summary Score
Numbers listed on the maps are indicator summary scores, which measure how far a state has to go to meet the HOPE Goal (Distance to Goal) and how much variation there is across racial and ethnic groups within the state on the measure (Racial Inequity). Scores range from 0 to 100 with 100 indicating the state with the best combined performance. Hovering over a state reveals information on Distance to Goal and Racial Inequity separately.
of adults have post-secondary education
of adults with post-secondary education
Distance to Goal48 million
more U.S. adults would need to attain post-secondary education to achieve the HOPE Goal
Why it Matters
Obtaining post-secondary education reduces the prevalence of multiple unhealthy behaviors.
- Asians/Pacific Islander populations have the highest rates of post-secondary education with 71% attaining at least some college after graduating from high school.
- Multiracial individuals are the second highest (69%) race/ethnic population to attain post-secondary education.
- Hispanic adults have the lowest rates of post-secondary education with only 39% attaining at least some college.
- The Southeast region fares worse than other states in post-secondary education with five states ranking in the bottom ten (West Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina and Alabama).
State Distance to Goal
This chart is interactive. Explore data by clicking the dots to select and compare different race and ethnicity groups.