Number of the Day: 34.1 percent

October 21, 2011 | Number of The Day

On average, New Jerseyans are more educated than the rest of the U.S. population. Among adults 25 years of age or older, 34.1 percent have a bachelor’s degree. Nationally, it is 27.5 percent. Among the same cohort, 86.8 percent have a high school diploma, as opposed to 84.6 percent in the country as a whole.

While Garden State females are more likely to have a high school diploma than males (87.1 percent vs. 86.6 percent), that doesn’t hold true for college degrees. Some 35.7 percent of men have a bachelor’s degree vs. 32.7 percent for women.

But those statistics account for all New Jerseyans. Younger women are much more likely to have graduated either high school or college. For instance, 43.5 percent of New Jersey women between the ages of 25 and 34 are college graduates vs. 35.8 percent of men. The cohort of women less likely to have graduated college than men begins at 45 to 64 years of age (33.5 percent for women, 37.9 percent for men) and it becomes dramatic at 65 years or older (15.2 percent for women vs. 28 percent for men).