Educational System Performance
Sources: National Center for Education Statistics (2012); US Census, 2011 American Community Survey (1-year average; 2012); US Census, 2011 American Community Survey (5-year weighted average; 2012)
Seattle post-secondary institutions awarded a total of 18,752 degrees in 2011. From 2010 to 2011, Seattle institutions awarded approximately 12% more Associate's degrees and 4% more Doctorate degrees in 2011 than in 2010 (Ex. 4-1).
Sixty four percent of Seattle residents 25 years and older have a four-year college degree or higher, compared to the national average of 37% in 2011 (Ex. 4-2).
Pacific Islanders and Asians exceed the national average for educational attainment of a Bachelor’s degree or higher. Minority populations trail the citywide average for a four-year college degree or higher (Ex. 4-3).
(7) 2011 data for Educational Attainment by race is only available for the Seattle-Bellevue-Tacoma MSA, and reflects preliminary estimates. 3-year averages are available in November 2012.