DefinitionThe percentage of adults age 25 years and older who have a bachelor's degree or higher.
NumeratorEstimated population age 25 years and older with a bachelor's degree or higher.
DenominatorEstimated population aged 25 or more years.
Data Interpretation IssuesData are based on a sample and are subject to sampling variability. The degree of uncertainty for an estimate arising from sampling variability is represented through the use of a margin of error. The margin of error can be interpreted roughly as providing a 90 percent probability that the interval defined by the estimate minus the margin of error and the estimate plus the margin of error (the lower and upper confidence bounds) contains the true value. In addition to sampling variability, the ACS estimates are subject to non-sampling error.
American Community Survey population estimates are the calculated number of people living in an area as of a specified point in time, usually July 1st. The estimated population is calculated using a component of change model that incorporates information on natural increase (births, deaths) and net migration (net domestic migration, net international migration) that has occurred in an area since the latest decennial census.
Why Is This Important?Higher adult education levels are associated with greater earning potential, higher life expectancy, and increased social involvement. There is a relationship between more education and better mental well-being and over-all health. People having higher education benefits society as a whole through: civic engagement, interest in societal issues, and stronger interpersonal connections.
Other ObjectivesNew Mexico Early Learning Indicator
New Mexico Community Health Status Indicator (CHSI)