Associate Degree or Higher, Ages 25-64

Earning a college degree opens many doors that lead to better career opportunities and higher earnings. Additionally, children are more likely to earn a secondary degree of their own when their parents have attended college. An educated workforce is important to establishing 21st-century jobs to make Louisville competitive in the modern economy.


Peer City Perspective

Louisville currently ranks 9th among its peer cities with 44.7% of working age individuals having earned at least an associate degree.

Louisville is in the middle of its peer group according to a natural breaks algorithm. Cities in green are those that outperform their peers, cities in yellow represent the middle cluster, and those in red are a group that lags behind its peers on this indicator.

Where in Louisville are associate degrees and above found?

Although many working adults in Louisville have an associate degree or higher, there is a clear geographic divide on where those people live. In the map to the left, areas where more adults have associate degrees or higher are purple, while areas where fewer adults hold associate degrees or higher are white.

High attainment of a post-secondary degrees is almost exclusively seen in eastern Louisville, among communities such as Northeast Jefferson, J-Town, and the Highlands , where the highest percentage reaches 84%. In comparison, western and southern Louisville communities earned fewer post-secondary degrees, with the lowest rate being 6% in Russell and Fairdale.

Scroll over the map to see values for each census tract. Zoom in to see street names that form the boundaries of each tract.

Trends Over Time

Although Louisville consistently trails its peers, the percentage of adults in Louisville with secondary degrees has increased fairly steadily since 2006. the gap between Louisville and its peer city average has been halved from 3 percentage points to 1.5 percentage points.

Despite the clear divide between eastern and western Louisville, compared to its peer cities Louisville is increasing at a higher, steadier rate than most. Louisville’s efforts to increase overall secondary educational outcomes are creating positive impacts on averages and are placing the city in the position to continue the upward trend for years to come.