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 12th among its peer cities with 42.9% of working age individuals 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?

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 post-secondary degrees are purple. Areas where fewer adults hold post-secondary degrees are white.

High attainment of a post-secondary degrees is almost exclusively seen in east of I-65, among communities such as Northeast Jefferson, J-Town, and the Highlands. In these areas, percentages are over 80%. In comparison, there is a lower percentage of working adults with associate degrees or higher in western Louisville, with several areas showing less than 15%.

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 falls below the peer mean in the percentage of working adults in Louisville with secondary degrees, the city has improved its in recent years. This is reflected in the reduced gap between Louisville and the peer city mean.  

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.  Where is the data/graph to back this up? 


Comparison Between the Most and Least Improved Cities

In 2013, Louisville began to outpace the least improved city, Tulsa. However, the city still remains below the peer mean.

Differences Based on Race

Both Whites and Blacks are performing below their respective peer city means. Whites have consistently performed below their 25th percentiles. After decreasing from 2011, Blacks are rebounding and are almost near their 25th percentile.

Differences Based on Sex

Women of working age are outpacing men in the attainment of associates degrees or higher. Both men and women continue to perform below their respective peer city means.