Foreign-Born Are More Likely Than Native-Born to Earn Advanced Degrees in U.S.

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at
Thu Jan 29 19:44:20 UTC 2009

Foreign-Born Are More Likely Than Native-Born to Earn Advanced Degrees in U.S.

More foreign-born residents have obtained advanced degrees in the
United States than native-born Americans have, according to a new
Census Bureau report, "Educational Attainment in the United States,
2007." In 2007, 11 percent of foreign-born residents reported they had
obtained at least a master's degree, whereas only 10 percent of their
native-born counterparts had done so. Statistics from the American
Community Survey, which annually collects data with a methodology
similar to the Census Bureau's, also indicate that geographic location
plays a big role in determining who obtains a bachelor's degree.

The Northeast saw the highest percentage of degree-earning residents,
with 32 percent of both foreign- and native-born residents earning a
degree. But there were some disparities in other regions of the
country. In the West, foreign-born residents had fewer degrees than
did native-born residents (24 percent and 31 percent, respectively),
whereas in the Midwest, 31 percent of foreign-born and 26 percent of
native-born residents had degrees.

Among other findings, the report also said that:

Employees with bachelor's degrees earned about $20,000 more annually
than their counterparts with only a high-school education.

Slightly more women than men completed high school, but slightly more
men obtained bachelor's degrees.

Twenty-seven percent of Americans age 25 and older reported having a
bachelor's degree, which represents a fivefold increase since the
Census Bureau started tracking higher-education attainment, in 1940.

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