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Educational Attainment

Educational Attainment 


Educational attainment levels are an important metric to measure the well-being of the community.   Research has consistently shown that higher levels of education lead not only to higher income, but reflect broader positive social aspects such as better health, more volunteer work, less crime, more community involvement and other beneficial attributes.  Although general education attainment levels change slowly, migration patterns between localities may have an important influence.

There are a number of important educational attainment variables contained in the American Community Survey (ACS).  Educational attainment is typically a measure for the adult population.  Current enrollment data is also an important metric.  Since school boundaries often cross municipal line, the enrollment data used is from the ACS.  Enrollment data from the Minnesota Department of Education is used when ACS data is not available, or when MDE data is more appropriate.  Enrollment information for pre-k ages is included.  Two other important  metrics for attainment are  high school graduation rates and post-secondary participation rates for public and private high schools in a municipality.

To see the full description go to the Educational Attainment pdf file