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Foreign-Born Residents Have Diverse Education Backgrounds
Posted By Lauren On February 24, 2012 @ 11:00 am In Education | No Comments
Written by Julie Siebens
The educational background of the foreign-born population compared with the native-born population is more diverse than some people may realize.
At first glance, it may appear that foreign-born people simply have less education than the native-born population. In 2009, the percentage of the foreign-born population with less than a high school diploma or GED was 32.3 percent compared with 11.4 percent of the native-born population.
However, the difference narrows as we look at higher levels of educational attainment — and they reverse at the very highest levels:
There are other differences in educational attainment of the foreign-born population, including differences by state and region. Nationally, 35 percent of the population age 25 and over who had completed less than high school was foreign-born. 
In Texas and Nevada, foreign-born people made up half or more of the population 25 and older who had not completed high school. In California, the foreign-born made up 70 percent of this population. Out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, nineteen states had a higher proportion of foreign-born adults 25 and older with at least a bachelor’s degree compared to the proportion of native-born adults who had completed college.
The educational attainment of the foreign-born has also changed over time. The number of foreign-born residents with a bachelor’s degree or higher increased by 49 percent since 2000. In 2009, the foreign-born population made up 15 percent of the population 25 and older with a bachelor’s degree, up from 13 percent in 2000.
For more details about educational attainment of the foreign-born population as well as other groups, see our report Educational Attainment in United States: 2009 .
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 Educational Attainment in United States: 2009: http://www.census.gov/prod/2012pubs/p20-566.pdf
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