Educational Attainment

Educational attainment is a powerful predictor of well-being. There is a strong correlation between educational attainment of a state’s workforce and wages in the state. Regions with higher concentrations of highly educated residents tend to perform better across many socioeconomic indicators, including the crime rate, poverty, productivity, and unemployment.

Source: American Community Survey (ACS), Single Year Estimates; Confidence Level: 90 %


Adults with a bachelor's degree in Clark Co. in 2019


Adults with a bachelor's degree in Nevada in 2019


Adults with a bachelor's degree in the U.S. in 2019

Educational attainment in Southern Nevada continues trending up, still trails behind national level

Southern Nevadans have never been more educated. Roughly one-quarter (25.6 percent) of all adults 25 or older in the region have at least a bachelor's degree, the region's highest level since the U.S. Census Bureau began tracking educational attainment. However, while the educational attainment rate in Southern Nevada has steadily increased over the past decade, the region still falls well below the national levels. Approximately one-third (33.1 percent) of all adults in the U.S. 25 and older have a bachelor's degree or higher, which also represents a record high.

The increasing levels of educational attainment both nationally and in Southern Nevada is also reflected in the declining percentage of the adult population who never graduated from high school (see chart at right). 

Eleven percent of the U.S. population 25 and older don't have a high school diploma; In Southern Nevada, the percentage is more than two percentage points higher, at 13.7 percent.

See the map below to view educational attainment rates in Southern Nevada at the census tract level. 

While educational attainment is on the rise, large disparities in attainment exist between racial and ethnic subgroups, both locally and nationally. The levels of Asian and white adults with at least a Bachelor's degree far exceed those of their Black, Hispanic, and American Indian peers (see chart below).

Disparities within racial and ethnic subgroups also exist between Southern Nevadans and adults nationally. The most pronounced difference is within the Asian subgroup, where nearly 55 percent of Asians in the U.S. have at least a bachelor's degree, while only 42 percent in Southern Nevada do.

Source: American Community Survey (ACS), 5-year estimates (2012-2016); Confidence level: 90 percent

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Source: American Community Survey (ACS), 5-year estimates (2015-2019): Confidence level: 90 percent