How frequently US citizens have college degrees?

What percentage of people you know went to college. Is it normal even for the poor?

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  • 6 months ago

    Nearly all of the people I know now have college degrees, but I live in a highly educated city. Some of my high school classmates don't have college degrees. They work in the trades (plumber, electrician, ironworker, etc.), some became policemen, firemen, truck drivers, or postal employees, and others became clerks or hold low-level jobs. The ones who work at union jobs (the ones in the trades, firemen, policemen) have done pretty well. They own their own homes and live a middle-class life, but this is in a small town where housing is cheap (plus they didn't send their kids to college). The kids who were born poor didn't do as well. They struggled academically in high school and they generally didn't go to college. ,

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  • Lili
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    6 months ago

    More than a third, but the number is growing all the time, because there are fewer and fewer good jobs that require only a secondary school diploma.

    Now, a lot of Americans who hold college degrees have only 2-year community college associate's degrees, not 4-year bachelor's degrees.

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  • 6 months ago

    Only 35% have bachelors degrees or higher. That's 2015 figures. It may be slightly higher now.

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  • 6 months ago

    Close to 40% of the US workforce now holds bachelor's degree or higher. Since 80% of college students work (and many start earning & saving up for college by age 12-14), coming from a lower-income family is no excuse for not going to school. Plus there's load of financial aid, targeted by family income. There are still merit-based scholarships, but most US financial aid is determined by family income.

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  • 6 months ago

    About 34% of Americans have college degrees...

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  • 6 months ago

    Pretty much 100%. And no that's not normal for the poor.

    For one thing, those who get their degree are typically not poor. Graduates get those degrees so they can get high paying jobs after graduation. There are exceptions, there always are with people, but generally college grads make good money.

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  • 6 months ago

    it is less frequent for the poor. census statistics on this, stratified by age range, are available online via FedStats.gov

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  • drip
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    6 months ago

    Many people have two year career programs form a community college or a two year Associate degree.

    About 30% have bachelor degrees. More people now have Masters and Doctorate degrees have double in the last 20 years.

    Poor students do get more in financial aid than middle class students

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  • 6 months ago

    I agree, about 1/3 of the population has college degrees. It's mostly middle class & higher that get degrees. Though some poor do get their degrees by working their way thru school. Or via scholarships and grants.

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  • 6 months ago

    No it’s not normal for the poor. I think it’s about 33%

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