College Degree

Definition: Percent of people with a bachelor’s degree or higher of education.

Importance
The relationship between higher education and improved health outcomes is well known, with years of formal education correlating strongly with improved work and economic opportunities, reduced psychosocial stress, and healthier lifestyles.

Where We Are
In 2013, 50.4% of adults in Douglas County had a bachelor’s degree or higher level of education. The percentage was higher than the State of Kansas and U.S. in all years from 2008 to 2013.

Health Disparities
Among adults in Douglas County:
  • Individuals in the age group 35 to 44 were more likely to have bachelor’s degree or higher level of education.
Healthy People 2020 Goal
Not available.

Additional Information
The college experience develops cognitive skills and allows learning about a wide range of subjects, people, cultures and communities. Having a degree also opens up career opportunities in a variety of fields.
College degree Trend Analysis
College degree Disparity Analysis