This section of charts contains education data for Mesa County Colorado based mainly on the latest year 2021 American Community Survey census data but also the survey from Common Core Data available for Public Elementary through Secondary Schools. In Figure 1, the percent of all people aged 25 years or older, who have either graduated from high school or completed the Graduate Equivalency Degree (GED) or some equivalent certification/credential. Mesa County depicts it has a High School Grad or higher of 91% which is in the middle range of other counties in the metropolitan area. The county with the highest percent high school graduates or better in the area is San Miguel County which shows a high school graduates of 97% (7.0% larger).
In Figure 2, the percentage of people aged 25 years or older who have graduated from college/university with at least a bachelor's degree is provided. Note that the bachelor's degree is also called a four-year degree because it normally takes four years of full-time study to finish the course curriculum required to obtain the degree. This chart portrays the proportion of the population in this region who are college graduates with at least a bachelor degree or higher. In many ways, this analysis alongside the prior chart are very quick measures of the level of education in any particular area. Mesa County shows it has a Bachelors Degree or higher of 27% which is in the mid range of other counties in the metropolitan area. The county with the highest percent with a bachelors degree or higher in the area is San Miguel County which shows a percent with a bachelors degree of 57% (about twice as large).
Figure 4 shows the percentage of people 25 years of age or older who either have no schooling at all or dropped out of school before being able to complete high school. Additionally, these are people who also do not have a Graduate Equivalency Degree (GED) or some other high school level type credential/student achievement. This analysis, along with the last two charts, provides another high level review and comparative data on the Mesa County Colorado educational level. Mesa County shows it has a School Dropout Rate of 9% which is in the mid range of other counties in the surrounding region. The county with the highest percent who dropped out of school in the area is Montrose County which depicts a percent who dropped out of school of 11% (17.1% larger).
Figure 5 provides a more detailed look at the educational attainment for Mesa County Colorado. This chart provides the proportion of people aged 25 years of age or older and what was their level of educational attainment. The chart provides 5 broad categories including: No Education/No School, Some High School, High School or equivalent, Some college or Associates Degree, and Bachelors Degree or higher. Mesa County has the percentage of percent of people with no schooling in the center range of other counties in the greater region at 9% of the total.
The next chart shows a break down of people who have received a bachelor's degree or higher advanced degree generally in a campus learning environment. In particular, Figure 6, provides the proportional breakdown of all the people who have received a postsecondary education along with what the level of advanced degree that was obtained. Note that these categories do not include any type professional development type activities such as those related to maintaining professional credentials in workshop lessons. Note Professional Degree includes medical, dental, lawyers, etc. Mesa County has one of the largest proportions of percent of people with a professional school degree at 3% of the total and is ranked #2. The only larger county being Montrose County with 4%.
The chart in Figure 7 shows the broad area of academic concentration or the discipline for people who have received a bachelors degree. This high level classification is essentially the field of study for which a degree was obtained. Mesa County has the largest proportion of percent of people with a science or engineering degree at 10.6% of the total and is ranked #1.
The next chart (Figure 8) provides a more detailed deep dive on the category of major degree obtained for people aged 25 years or older who earned a bachelor's degree or higher. Specifically, this frequency distribution details out what the major field of study was the degree obtained. Mesa County has the largest proportion of percent of people with a degree in multidisciplinary studies at 10.6% of the total and is ranked #1.
Figure 9 provides comparative data between the places in the greater Mesa County Colorado region for broad educational attainment. This analysis uses provides five broad education attainment categories including: No Education/No School, Some High School, High School or equivalent, Some college or Associates Degree, and Bachelors Degree or higher. Mesa County has one of the largest proportions of percent of people with high school (or ged) at 34.9% of the total and is ranked #3. Only #2 Grand County (36.1%), and #1 Rio Blanco County (36.2%) are larger.
A more detailed frequency distribution of educational attainment is provided in Figure 10. In particular this illustration breaks out the highest levels of university educational opportunities beyond the four year college degree. Included in the breakout are the relative proportion of masters degrees, PhD/Doctorate/Doctorial holders, and professional degrees such as medicine, dentistry, lawyers, etc. Mesa County has the percentage of percent of people with no schooling in the mid range of other counties in the metro area at 8.8% of the total. Second, it has the largest proportion of percent of people high school graduates (or ged) at 26.2% of the total and is ranked #1. The next exhibit (Figure 11) provides detailed cross tabulation analysis that provides education success data broken out or cross tabulated by age group. Please note that the columns add to 100% and you must use the pagination buttons at the bottom of the table to see all the rows.
Figure 12 is a cross tabulation analysis that shows large educational success categories and is broken out or cross tabulated by racial group. Please note that the columns add to 100% and you must use the pagination buttons at the bottom of the table to see all the rows.The final cross tabulation analysis is provided in Figure 13 and shows education success broken out by gender. Please note that the columns add to 100% and you must use the pagination buttons at the bottom of the table to see all the rows.
Mesa County School Enrollment Charts
The next section of chart resources look at school enrollment by a variety of educational institutions and are categorized into a number of other groupings. Figure 14 provides the overall school enrollment by broad range of school age/level groupings. Mesa County has the percentage of percent of children in kindergarten the second smallest in order of percent of children in kindergarten of all the other counties in the local area at 24.2% of the total. Second, it has one of the largest proportions of percent of children in grades 9 to 12 at 24.3% of the total and is ranked #2. The only larger county being Rio Blanco County with 26.2%.
Figure 15 provides a simple high level comparison of the proportion of students that are enrolled in public schools versus students enrolled in private schools in the Mesa County Colorado region. Mesa County depicts percent enrolled in public schools substantially bigger as the percent enrolled in private schools.
The next comparison provided in Figure 16 shows the proportion of students enrolled in private schools versus students enrolled public schools for students enrolled in Kindergarten through 8th grade (grade 8) or (K through 8). Mesa County shows percent of children enrolled in public k-8 grades quite a bit bigger as the percent of children enrolled in private k-8 grades.
Figure 17 provides a comparative analysis all students enrolled in a public high school versus those students who are enrolled in private high school schools. Mesa County shows percent enrolled in a public high school appreciably bigger as the percent enrolled in a private high school.
The next chart (Figure 18) provides a similar analysis to the last chart but provides the data for public post secondary education versus private higher education colleges. Mesa County shows percent enrolled in a public college considerably bigger as the percent enrolled in a private college.
Figure 19 shows another view of students enrolled in public or private schools-postsecondary schools or colleges/universities. This analysis shows the proportion for all graduate and professional schools (such as law or medical school) and whether those students are enrolled in private or public institutions. Mesa County depicts percent enrolled in a public gradudate or professional school markedly bigger as the percent enrolled in a private gradudate or professional school.
The next chart in this series of resources shown in Figure 20 looks at the total number of students enrolled in any educational institution for each place in the greater Mesa County region. (Total enrollment in this case includes all students from preschool all the way through students enrolled in graduate school.) Mesa County depicts it has a Total Enrolled of 35,695 which is the largest of all counties in the greater Mesa County region. Comparing total population enrolled in school to the United States average of 80,497,960, Mesa County is only about 0.0% the size. Also, compared to the state of Colorado, total population enrolled in school of 1,388,732, Mesa County is only about 2.6% the size.
Mesa County Area Schools Charts
Figure 23 lists all the schools in the area along with the school district, county location and other program information/credential such as if they are a public charter school or private charter school or magnet school. Some of the Area Schools are: Mesa View Elementary School, Lincoln Orchard Mesa Elementary School, Chatfield Elementary School, Pear Park Elementary School, and Rocky Mountain Elementary School. The next illustration in Figure 24 shows the total child school enrollment for all grades (through 12th grade) at the school shown using NCES data (Common Core of Data, Public Elementary-Secondary School Universe Survey.) Looking at Enrollment for Area Schools we find that Central High School ranks the largest with a value of 1,486 enrolled students. The next largest values are for: Grand Mesa Middle School (618), Thunder Mountain Elementary School (579), Bookcliff Middle School (563), and Orchard Mesa Middle School (532). The difference between the highest value (Central High School) and the next highest (Grand Mesa Middle School) is that the enrolled students is about approximately 2.4 times bigger.
Figure 25 show the ratio of the number of students to the number of teachers in the classroom. A good student to teacher ratio should be low because it indicates that there are less students for any one teacher to educate in a class and generally a better learning environment, better success and optimal teaching excellence. Teachers includes all educational staff such as special education teachers and any other educator. Note that distance learning (online learning/remote learning) is not included in these values. Looking at Student to Teacher Ratio for Area Schools we find that Rocky Mountain Elementary School ranks the largest with a value of 14.2 student to teacher ratio. The next largest values are for: Dos Rios Elementary School (14.6), Bookcliff Middle School (14.8), Nisley Elementary School (15.3), and Grand Mesa Middle School (15.4). The difference between the lowest value (Rocky Mountain Elementary School) and the next lowest (Dos Rios Elementary School) is that the student to teacher ratio is only slightly larger.
The next chart, Figure 26, shows the racial mix of students at each location in this district of the state of Colorado department of education.
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