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 12th among its peer cities in the percent of young adults with bachelor’s degrees, with 32.7% of young adults having earned a bachelor’s degree or higher.

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 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. Since 2000, the city has gotten closer to the peer mean.

Comparison Between Most and Least Improved Cities

Since 2000, the number of bachelor’s degree or higher holders has increased by approximately ten percentage points in Nashville, the most improved city, and only 2.5 percentage points in Tulsa, the least improved city. Louisville has improved by 5.5 percentage points, slightly better than the average peer city.

Differences Based on Race

White young adults continue to procure their bachelor’s degrees or higher at a rate greater than Black young adults. The number of Black young adults earning at least their bachelor degrees has decreased since 2012. Both Whites and Blacks fall below their respective peer means.

Differences Based on Sex

The bachelor’s degree or higher attainment gap between female and males has been narrowing since 2012. Females have fallen below their peer mean, and males have continued to progress at the rate of their peer mean. Both males and females are earning more degrees than they were in 2000.