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Educational Attainment

Educational attainment levels in the SEAGO Region are lower than statewide and nationwide at both the high-school-diploma-and-above and the bachelor’s-degree-and-above levels. Region wide, 83.5% of the population ages 25 and older have earned a high school diploma (or equivalent) or higher (compared to 85.9% statewide and 86.3% nationwide) as of the 2010-2014 American Community Survey. At the post-secondary level, 21% of the population ages 25 and up have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher (compared to 27.1% statewide and 29.3% nationwide).  

All counties in the SEAGO Region have lower levels of educational attainment than statewide and national levels at the high-school-diploma-and-above level except Cochise County (86.3%), which is higher than statewide and the same as the nationwide rate. The lowest level of educational attainment in the SEAGO region at the high-school-diploma-and-above level is Santa Cruz County where just 73.1% of the population ages 25 and older have earned a diploma (or equivalent) or higher. 


All counties in the SEAGO Region have lower levels of educational attainment than statewide and national levels at the bachelor’s-degree-and-above level. The highest level of educational attainment in the SEAGO Region at the post-secondary level is Cochise County where 23.1% of the population ages 25 and up have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher. The lowest level is Greenlee County where just 11.8% of the adult population has earned a degree—less than half the statewide and nationwide levels. Similarly, in Graham County the percentage of adults with a bachelor’s degree or higher (13.6%) is barely half the statewide level and less than half the nationwide level.   

The importance of education and workforce training is an important SEAGO Region consideration in order for the Region to be positioned for progressive job attraction and expansion. Working closely with Cochise College, Eastern Arizona college, the University of Arizona Sierra Vista Campus, and Arizona Workforce Development Services (Arizona @Work) is an important emphasis for the SEAGO Region.


Note. Population ages 25 and older. Source: U.S. Census Bureau (2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-year Estimates) and UsEconomicResearch.com

Note. Population ages 25 and older. Source: U.S. Census Bureau (2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-year Estimates) and UsEconomicResearch.com