EDUCATION

The level of education of our workforce is a critical factor for economic and community development. It often provides insight into the skill levels of a local area. The metrics provided here focus on the attainment of degrees and high school graduates’ higher education intent. The type of work (occupations) residents perform can also assist in understanding skill levels.

Educational Attainment

1970 1980 1990 2000 2016
Total Population 25 and Older 6,076 6,056 6,053 6,158 5,832
    Less than 9th Grade 1,360 918 506 228 97
    9th to 12th, No Diploma 1,060 892 881 618 506
    High School Graduate (incl. equiv.) 2,733 3,037 3,041 2,963 2,629
    Some College, No Degree 810 1,194 1,134
    Associate Degree 261 354 471
    Bachelors Degree 311 542 753
    Graduate or Professional Degree* 243 259 242
Source: U.S. Census Bureau & American Community Survey 5 Year Estimates
*2011 data includes Doctorate Degrees

High School Graduates Going on to Higher Education

2005 2006 2007 2008
Total Graduates 124 127 136 160
Total to Higher Education 94 94 111 123
Four-Year Institution 54 57 66 70
Two-Year Institution 29 24 30 42
Vocational/Tech. 11 13 15 11
Military 4 4 2 1

Source: U.S. Census Bureau & American Community Survey 5 Year Estimates
*2011 data includes Doctorate Degrees

Educational Attainment in 2000 and 2015

2000 Pct. of
Pop. 25
2015 Pct. of
Pop. 25
Total Population 25 6,158 100.0% 5,892 100.0%
Less than 9th Grade 228 3.7% 102 1.7%
9th to 12th Grade, No Diploma 618 10.0% 549 9.3%
High School Graduate (incl. equivalency) 2,963 48.1% 2,662 45.2%
Some College, No Degree 1,194 19.4% 1,102 18.7%
Associate’s Degree 354 5.7% 479 8.1%
Bachelor’s Degree 542 8.8% 709 12.0%
Graduate or Professional Degree** 259 4.2% 289 4.9%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau & American Community Survey 5 year estimates.
**2011Graduate or Professional Degree data include Doctorate Degrees

High School Graduates Higher Education Intent

2008 Pct. Dist. Indiana Pct. Dist.
Graduates 100.0% 100.0%
Total Going on to Higher Education 76.9% 84.1%
Four-Year Institution 43.8% 61.2%
Two-Year Institution 26.3% 15.9%
Vocational and Tech. 6.9% 7.0%
Military 0.6% 2.6%

Source: Indiana Department of Education