Graduate or Professional Degrees, 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 8th among its peer cities with 13% of young adults having earned a post-baccalaureate degree.

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 graduate and professional degree holders concentrated in Louisville?

While thirteen percent of young adults hold graduate or professional degrees in Louisville, the prevalence of degrees varies substantially across the city. In the map to the left, areas where more young adults have post-baccalaureate degrees are purple, while areas where fewer young adults hold post-baccalaureate degrees are blue and white. Similar to other maps of post-secondary degrees, there is a distinct divide between western and eastern Louisville.

Post-baccalaureate educational achievement is most concentrated the Highlands where over 31% of the young adult population have a graduate or professional degree. Conversely, the lowest concentration of earned post-baccalaureate degrees can be seen in the Portland neighborhood, where approximately 0% 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

Since 2000, Louisville has increased the number of young adults holding a graduate or professional degree. The city has consistently performed above the peer city mean and often near the 75th percentile of peer cities. Since 2013, the number of young adults with post-baccalaureate degrees has remained stagnant.

Comparison With the Most and Least Improved Peer Cities

The percentage of young adults with a post-baccalaureate degree has increased since the year 2000. Louisville continues to perform above the peer city mean, while continuing to fall behind the pace of the most improved city, St. Louis.

Differences Based on Race

More White young adults obtain post-baccalaureate degrees than Black young adults. Since 2010, the number of Black young adults holding graduate or professional degrees has leveled off, while the number of White young adults with post-baccalaureate degrees increased consistently until 2013. White young adults perform slightly better than their peer mean, while Blacks young adults have performed below their peer mean since 2013.

Differences Based on Sex

Young adult women hold graduate or professional degrees at a higher rate than young adult men. Both groups are above their respective peer city means, however the percentage of males with post-baccalaureate degrees has stagnated and is approaching the peer city mean.