PopWire: A Higher Share of Young Women Than Men Have Earned B.A.s

(February 2008) About one-third of women ages 25 to 29 had a bachelor’s degree or higher in 2007, compared with 26 percent of their male peers, according to tables recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

More than half of Asians 25 and older had earned a bachelor’s or higher (52 percent), compared with nearly one-third of non-Hispanic whites (32 percent), 19 percent of blacks, and 13 percent of Hispanics. The share of naturalized citizens with a college degree was 34 percent, compared with 29 percent of the U.S.-born population.

Workers 18 and older with a bachelor’s degree earned an average of $56,788 in 2006. Those with just a high school diploma earned $31,071.

Among workers with advanced degrees, Asians ($88,408) and non-Hispanic whites ($83,785) earned more on average than Hispanics ($70,432) and blacks ($64,834).

The series of tables, Educational Attainment in the United States: 2007 can be found at

Sandra Yin, Editor, Population Reference Bureau