Graduate or Professional Degrees, Ages 25-64

Graduate and professional education can open greater opportunities for Louisvillians in the city’s educational and employment systems. Achieving a graduate or professional degree can positively impact an individual’s overall ability to thrive in their community, and growing up with caregivers who have achieved graduate or professional degrees increases a child’s likelihood to pursue secondary education.

Peer City Perspective

Louisville currently ranks 7th among its peer cities with 13.8% of working age individuals having earned a graduate or professional 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 the Graduate or Professional Degrees in Louisville?

While nearly 14% of working age 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 working age adults have post-baccalaureate degrees are purple, while areas where fewer working age 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 Southeast Louisville where over 42% of the working age adult population have a graduate or professional degree. Conversely, the lowest concentration of earned post-baccalaureate degrees can be seen in the Portland, Russell and South Louisville neighborhoods, where less than 1% of working age 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 working age individuals with a graduate or professional degree. The city has consistently performed above the peer city mean, though the number of graduate or professional degree holders has levelled off in recent years.


Comparison Between the Most and Least Improved Cities

Louisville continues to perform above the peer mean, although growth in graduate or professional degree holders has stagnated in recent years. Since 2000, Louisville has grown at the same rate as its peer cities overall. St. Louis has seen the percentage of graduate or professional degree holders grow by approximately five percentage points since 2000, while Louisville has only increased by three percentage points.

Differences Based on Race

Working-age White residents continue to earn more graduate or professional degrees than working-age Black residents. Both groups are slightly below their respective peer averages.

Differences Based on Sex

While the percentage of women holding graduate or professional degrees has increased consistently since 2000, the number of men obtaining graduate or professional degrees has leveled off since 2006. As a result, the gap between working-age men and women with graduate or professional degrees is increasing. Women are performing above their peer city mean while men currently match their peer city mean.