Bachelor’s Degree or Higher, Ages 25-34

The educational attainment of young adults in Louisville lays the groundwork for the academic outcomes of future generations. An educated workforce is also important to establishing 21st-century jobs to make Louisville competitive in the modern economy. College attainment among young adults is an important indicator of the effectiveness of Louisville’s educational system and its ability to attract educated workers from other cities.


Peer City Perspective

Louisville currently ranks 7th among its peer cities in the percent of young adults with bachelor’s degrees, with 40.8% of young adults having earned a bachelor’s degree or higher.

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 are young adults with bachelor’s degrees in Louisville?

Although more than 40% of young adults hold bachelor’s degrees or higher in Louisville, the prevalence of degrees varies substantially across the city. In the map to the left, areas where more young adults have bachelor’s degrees or higher are purple, while areas where fewer young adults hold bachelor’s degrees or higher are white. Similar to other maps of post-secondary degrees, there is a distinct divide between western and eastern Louisville.

Post-secondary educational achievement is most concentrated in neighborhoods in eastern Louisville such as Northeast Jefferson, where 98% of the young adult population have at least a bachelor’s degree. Conversely, the lowest concentration of earned bachelor’s degrees can be seen in the South Louisville and Chickasaw-Shawnee neighborhoods, where as little as 0-1% of young adults have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher.

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

Trends Over Time

The rate of bachelor’s degrees among young adults in Louisville began increasing for the first time in several years in 2013. The poor job market during the Great Recession pushed more high school graduates to pursue a college education instead of attempting to find a job, and those students generally began graduating in 2013, helping to bring Louisville up to its peer city mean. Louisville is poised to build on that positive momentum to continue increasing the number of young adults with bachelor’s degrees.