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Educational Attainment:    The Regional Scene

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Oklahoma has made remarkable progress in increasing its number of high school graduates among people 25 years or older. In 1990, Oklahoma ranked 36th in the country for percent of population with at least a high school diploma (or GED). By 1996, Oklahoma had risen in the state ranking to 26th, with the 8th highest increase in the nation.

  • Oklahoma, Missouri, and Arizona are essentially tied with the fifth highest percent of high school graduates (or GEDs) among the eleven regional comparison states (around 84%);
     
  • Oklahoma's percent of high school graduates (83.8%) is above both national and regional averages (81.8% and 78.2%, respectively);
     
  • Oklahoma increased its proportion of high school graduates between 1990 and 1996 by 9.2 percentage points (3rd highest increase of eleven regional comparison states);
     
  • This is well above both the national and regional increases of 6.5 and 3.5 percentage points, respectively;
     
  • By 1996, Oklahoma's proportion of high school graduates exceeded the national proportion by over 42,700 people;
     
  • Oklahoma appears to be performing well with respect to high school graduation.

(Source: USCB, 1990 Census Data; USCB, Current Population Reports [P20-493])

Details From Main Chart:
Oklahoma and National Populations That Earned a High School Diploma or More
Change in Oklahoma and National Populations That Earned a High School Diploma or More

 


Revised 12-01-97