Proportion of college-educated soars in Connecticut over the decades

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Students are attending the first week of class at most colleges in Connecticut, so TrendCT decided to dig into Census data to look at trends in college graduation.

What we found is that the proportion of residents who have a higher education has far more than doubled since 1970.

Back then, only 15 percent of the state’s population had attended four years of college or gained at least a bachelor’s degree. In 2012, the proportion was 39 percent.

While most towns have seen a gradual increase over time in the percentage of residents with college degrees, a handful of towns showed declines between 2000 and 2012, including Mansfield, home of the University of Connecticut.

Towns where percent of residents with at least four years of college declined between 2000 and 2012.
Town 2000 2012
Mansfield 54.12% 48.69%
Colebrook 33.49% 29.73%
North Canaan 20.77% 17.59%
Preston 22.64% 19.63%
Windham 18.96% 18.09%
National Historical Geographic Information System, U.S. Census

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