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 10th among its peer cities in the percent of young adults with bachelor’s degrees, with 39.4% of young adults having earned a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Louisville is in the middle 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 are young adults with bachelor’s degrees in Louisville?

While 32.7% 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 the Highlands where nearly 64% 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 Portland neighborhood, where less than 3% of young adults have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher.

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

Trends Over Time

Louisville has improved fairly consistently in attainment of bachelor’s degrees or higher, however, the city has fallen behind the peer mean since 2010. Thirty-eight percent of Louisville young adults currently have a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Comparison Between Most and Least Improved Cities

Since 2000, Louisville has outperformed both the least and most improved cities, Memphis and Greenville, respectfully. However, Louisville is currently 2.1 percentage points below the peer mean.

Differences Based on Race

The gap between whites and Blacks in the rate of obtainment of bachelor’s degrees or higher has not decreased since the year 2000. The rate of degrees among whites is more than double that for Blacks. Both groups are near their respective 25th percentiles.

Differences Based on Sex

Females in Louisville continue to obtain bachelor’s degrees or higher at a rate higher than than their male counterparts. The female peer mean has consistently outperformed the rate for females in Louisville, however the gap is decreasing from a 2012 gap high. Louisville males have hovered around their peer mean since 2008, but fell slightly behind in 2016.