This section of charts contains education data for Georgia 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. Georgia shows it has a High School Grad or higher of 88% which is in the center range of other states in the area. The state with the highest percent high school graduates or better in the group is District of Columbia which indicates a high school graduates of 92% (only about 4.6% 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. the state of shows it has a Bachelors Degree or higher of 32% which is less than most other states in the greater region. The state with the highest percent with a bachelors degree or higher in the group is District of Columbia which depicts a percent with a bachelors degree of 60% (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 Georgia educational level. Georgia shows it has a School Dropout Rate of 12% which is the second most percent who dropped out of school of all the states in the greater Georgia region. The state with the highest percent who dropped out of school in the group is West Virginia which depicts a percent who dropped out of school of 12% ( only slightly larger).
Figure 5 provides a more detailed look at the educational attainment for Georgia. 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. Georgia has one of the largest proportions of percent of people with no schooling at 11% of the total and is ranked #2. The only larger state being West Virginia with 12%.
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. Georgia has the largest proportion of percent of people with an associate degree at 49% 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. Georgia has the smallest proportion of percent of people with a degree in engineering at 0.6% of the total.
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. Georgia has one of the largest proportions of percent of people with no schooling at 10.7% of the total and is ranked #2. The only larger state being West Virginia with 11.6%. 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.
The State of Georgia 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. Georgia has one of the largest proportions of percent of children in kindergarten at 21.5% of the total and is ranked #3. Only #2 South Carolina (22.1%), and #1 West Virginia (22.1%) are larger. Second, it has the largest proportion of percent of children in grades 5 to 8 at 23.1% of the total and is ranked #1.
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 Georgia region. Georgia indicates 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). Georgia depicts percent of children enrolled in public k-8 grades markedly 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. Georgia depicts percent enrolled in a public high school substantially 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. Georgia shows percent enrolled in a public college approximately 4.6 times 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. Georgia shows percent enrolled in a public gradudate or professional school 74.2% larger 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 Georgia region. (Total enrollment in this case includes all students from preschool all the way through students enrolled in graduate school.) the state of depicts it has a Total Enrolled of 2,743,653 which is the second most total enrolled of all the states in the greater Georgia region. The state with the highest total population enrolled in school in the group is Florida which indicates a total population enrolled in school of 4,774,888 (74.0% larger).
The final chart in this series is Figure 22 and provides analysis data for the school year shown. The chart shows the proportion of kids/children that are enrolled in a pre-school public district versus those kids/children who are enrolled in a private pre-school oriented tuition institution (private salary/superintendent/etc.) Georgia has the percentage of public preschool enrollment the smallest as measured by percent enrolled in public preschool of all the other states in the metropolitan area at 38% of the total.
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Census Designated Place or "CDP")
and Census County Division "CCD".)
For comparison purposes, the US national average and the state average value are provided. Additionally, the "Combined Statistical Area" or CSA is shown that is closest to the city, county, or zip code shown. A CSA is a large grouping of adjacent metropolitan areas that identified by the Census Bureau based on social and economic ties. (See: Combined Statistical Area)
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