Howard high school grad percentage tops poll

December 12, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

According to U.S. Census Bureau data released yesterday, Howard County has the highest percentage of people holding at least a high school diploma out of the 231 counties studied in the 2002 American Community Survey.

The data show that out of 166,118 residents older than 24 in Howard, 158,021 of them -- more than 95 percent -- graduated from high school. The national average is 82.6 percent.

More than 55,000 Howard residents also hold bachelor's degrees and nearly 41,000 have graduate or professional certifications. About 2,200 people did not complete ninth grade, and 5,891 others dropped out of high school.

The data are often used to attract businesses looking for well-educated workers, which is "critical for economic development and for maintaining a strong and healthy economy," Census Bureau Director Louis Kincannon said in a statement.

The American Community Survey is a national review meant to show how communities are changing. Full results are available at http://www. census.gov/acs/www.

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