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Educational Attainment

This indicator helps us understand whether the state’s workforce has the education necessary to meet the demands of today’s global economy. It measures what percentage of adults (age 25 to 44) in Minnesota has received a postsecondary certificate or degree. In 2015, the Minnesota Legislature enacted legislation setting a target of 70 percent for the share of Minnesota adults (age 25 to 44) who have attained a postsecondary certificate or degree by 2025. This target applies to the general population as well as racial/ethnic groups. 

Minnesota ranks consistently high on all measures of post-high school educational attainment nationally among working-age adults. In 2013, Minnesota was ranked #2 among all states for adults with an associate’s degree or higher. This high level of educational attainment is not shared across all racial/ethnic groups as shown in the data below.

This document (.xlsx) provides data for the indicator in table format.

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