Associate 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 11th among its peer cities with 45.9% of young adults having earned at least an associate degree.

Louisville is in the bottom cluster 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?

Less than half of the young adults in Louisville have an associate degree or higher, and there is a clear geographic divide on where degree holders live. In the map to the left, areas where more adults have associate degrees or higher are purple. Areas where fewer adults hold post-secondary degrees are white. There are much higher rates of degree holders east of I-65.

High attainment of post-secondary degrees is almost exclusively seen in eastern Louisville. The Highlands have the highest percentage of residents with an associate degree or higher at approximately 80%. This is in stark contrast to western Louisville where degree attainment in Portland and Russell measures below 8%.

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

Trends Over Time

More young adults obtain their associate degrees or higher since 2000. Louisville has risen from the 25th percentile of peer cities to the peer city mean.

Comparison Between the Most and Least Improved Cities

Since 2000, Nashville has improved the most among Louisville’s peers, while Tulsa has improved the least.  Louisville has increased the percentage of young adults with an associate degree faster than average to catch up to the peer mean.

Differences by Race

White young adults continue to obtain associate degrees or higher at a rate higher than Black young adults. Black oung adults are increasing their degree attainment at a much higher rate than their White counterparts. In 2015, Blacks met their peer city mean, while Whites fell just below their 25th percentile.

Differences by Sex

A greater number of young adult females hold at least an associate degree compared to young adult males. In 2015, men met their peer city mean, while women continued to fall below their peer city mean.