The first set of charts compare some key education measures in the United States versus other large countries in the world (Top 50 by population.) The first metric in Figure 1 shows the total expeditures on Education as a percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP.) Looking at Education Expenditures for World Comparison we find that Ghana ranks the largest with a value of 8.1% education expenditures. The next largest values are for: Venezuela (6.9%), Kenya (6.7%), Vietnam (6.3%), and Argentina (6.3%). The difference between the highest value (Ghana) and the next highest (Venezuela) is that the education expenditures is about about 17% larger. The next chart, Figure 2 shows the percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) that each country spends on healthcare. Looking at Literacy for World Comparison we find that North Korea ranks the largest with a value of 100.0% adult literacy rate. The next largest values are for: Russia (99.7%), Poland (99.7%), Ukraine (99.7%), and Uzbekistan (99.4%). The difference between the highest value (North Korea) and the next highest (Russia) is that the adult literacy rate is about about the same size.
In the next set of charts all the States in the US are compared on Education metrics using the latest 2015 American Community Survey data. The first chart, Figure 3 shows the number of people age 25 years or older who have graduated from high school or completed the GED or equivalent credential. the United States shows it has 86% percent high school graduates or better which is in the mid range of other states in the area. The state with the highest percent high school graduates or better in the group is Montana with a high school graduates of 92% which is about 7% larger.
The number of people aged 25 years or older who have graduated from college with a Bachelor's degree is shown in Figure 4. the United States reveals it has 29% percent with a bachelors degree or higher which is in the mid range of other states in the area. The state with the highest percent with a bachelors degree or higher in the group is District of Columbia with a percent with a bachelors degree of 53% which is about 82% larger.
The next chart in Figure 20 looks at the total number of students enrolled in each place shown. (Enrollment includes all students from preschool to graduate school.) the United States shows it has 82,735,516 Total population enrolled in school which is more than all the others in the area.
Figure 9: United States Education Attainment by Level Comparison (Age 25+)
Figure 10: United States Education Attainment Detailed Comparison (Age 25+)
Figure 11: United States Detailed Education Attainment Breakout by Age Group (Age 18+)
Figure 12: United States Detailed Education Attainment Breakout by Race (Age 25+)
Figure 13: United States Detailed Male and Female breakdown of Educational Attainment
Figure 14: United States School Enrollment by Aggregate Categories
Figure 15: United States, US Overall Public vs. Private School Enrollment
Figure 16: United States, US Public vs. Private K-8 School Enrollment
Figure 17: United States, US Public vs. Private High School Enrollment
Figure 18: United States, US Public vs. Private College Enrollment
Figure 19: United States, US Public vs. Private Graduate or Professional School Enrollment
Figure 20: United States, US Total Enrolled in Schools
Figure 22: United States Public vs. Private Preschool
Cities marked with an asterisk ("*") should resemble a city or town but do not have their own government (i.e. Mayor, City Council, etc.) These places should be recognizable by the local community but their boundaries have no legal status. Technically these include both Census Designated Places (CDP) and Census County Divisions (CCD) which are defined by the Census Bureau along with local authorities. (For more information, see:
Census Designated Place or "CDP")
and Census County Division "CCD".)
For comparison purposes, the US and state value are provided as well as in some areas a "Combined Statistical Area" or CSA. These are large groupings of adjacent metropolitan areas identified by the Census Bureau based on social and economic ties. (See: Combined Statistical Area)
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