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Four-Year Degree by Gender

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Definition

Ratio of the percent of male population to the percent of female population 25 years old and over with at least a four-year degree, 2011.

The ratio iscalculated by dividing the higher value by the lower value, i.e., the percent of women with 4 year degrees divided by men with 4 year degrees in 26 states and men divided by women in the remaining 25 states in which men have higher rates of college attainment.

A ratio of 1 indicates perfect equality; the higher the ratio, the greater the inequality. For example, the college attainment rate of men in Utah is 1.21 times higher than for women.

States are not ranked on this measure because there is too little variation in the data for the states to provide meaningful rankings. For more information on our ranking methodology, see here.

Description

Those with a college degree earn significantly more and accumulate more wealth over time than those with just a high school diploma. Research shows the educational gender gap has narrowed and reversed in the most recent years. This measure describes the disparity in college attainment between the male and female population. At the state level, the gap in college attainment between women and men is relatively small, and women have college degrees at a higher rate than men in 26 states. The largest gap between men and women is in Alaska, where women have college degrees at a rate 1.21 or 21% higher than men.

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Four-Year Degree by Gender

StatePercent with At Least
4-Year Degree, Male (%)
Percent With At Least
4-Year Degree, Female (%)
Ratio
United States  28.7%  28.3%  1.01 
Alabama  22.2%  22.3%  1.00 
Alaska  23.9%  28.9%  1.21 
Arizona  27.7%  25.5%  1.08 
Arkansas  20.4%  20.2%  1.01 
California  30.6%  30.0%  1.02 
Colorado  37.2%  36.2%  1.03 
Connecticut  36.6%  35.8%  1.02 
Delaware  29.4%  28.4%  1.04 
District of Columbia  53.2%  51.9%  1.02 
Florida  26.7%  25.1%  1.06 
Georgia  27.6%  27.6%  1.00 
Hawaii  28.1%  30.1%  1.07 
Idaho  26.7%  23.8%  1.12 
Illinois  31.0%  31.0%  1.00 
Indiana  23.3%  22.8%  1.02 
Iowa  25.3%  26.3%  1.04 
Kansas  29.9%  30.4%  1.02 
Kentucky  20.7%  21.4%  1.03 
Louisiana  20.3%  21.9%  1.08 
Maine  27.4%  29.3%  1.07 
Maryland  36.8%  36.9%  1.00 
Massachusetts  39.8%  38.6%  1.03 
Michigan  25.8%  25.4%  1.02 
Minnesota  32.0%  32.7%  1.02 
Mississippi  18.8%  20.8%  1.10 
Missouri  26.4%  25.8%  1.02 
Montana  28.2%  28.2%  1.00 
Nebraska  27.6%  28.2%  1.02 
Nevada  22.1%  22.8%  1.03 
New Hampshire  32.9%  33.9%  1.03 
New Jersey  36.5%  34.2%  1.07 
New Mexico  25.6%  25.5%  1.01 
New York  32.6%  33.2%  1.02 
North Carolina  26.5%  27.3%  1.03 
North Dakota  24.5%  28.1%  1.14 
Ohio  25.3%  24.1%  1.05 
Oklahoma  23.7%  23.9%  1.01 
Oregon  29.7%  29.0%  1.02 
Pennsylvania  27.3%  26.7%  1.02 
Rhode Island  32.4%  30.0%  1.08 
South Carolina  24.1%  24.0%  1.01 
South Dakota  25.1%  27.6%  1.10 
Tennessee  23.4%  23.8%  1.02 
Texas  26.9%  26.0%  1.04 
Utah  32.5%  27.0%  1.21 
Vermont  32.3%  38.3%  1.19 
Virginia  35.8%  34.5%  1.04 
Washington  33.0%  30.8%  1.07 
West Virginia  18.4%  18.6%  1.01 
Wisconsin  25.8%  27.1%  1.05 
Wyoming  23.8%  25.7%  1.08 

Source

2011 American Community Survey. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, 2012.

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