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This report shows the number and percentage of Vermonters 25 and over with an associate’s degree or higher. This includes people with a bachelor’s degree and those with a graduate degree, or professional degree (e.g. law, medical). This information is important because this population has specific training for a wide array of carreers.

This report uses data from the United States Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS), an ongoing, national survey. The ACS replaces the Decennial Census “long form” and is now the only source for Census Bureau data on topics such as ancestry, educational attainment, income, spoken languages, migration, disability, employment, and housing features.

Vermont Insights uses 5-year ACS estimates to increase the reliability of the data for all geographic areas.

For more information on the ACS, including sampling and response rates for Vermont, see: http://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/methodology.html.

In order to calculate the percentage of people 25 and over with an associate’s degree or more, an aggregate numerator composed of 24 census variables was summed. An aggregate denominator representing all people 25 and over (and also composed of 8 census variables) was then summed, and the numerator was divided by the denominator.

For complete information on the limitations of ACS data, go to http://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/methodology.html.

Some considerations when using and interpreting the ACS data include:

ACS estimates represent the conditions that might have been present at any time within the estimate time period. ACS estimates should only be compared with like estimates. For example, 1-year data can only be compared with other 1-year data and cannot be compared with 3- or 5-year data.

If using the ACS for longitudinal analysis (comparisons over time), multi-year estimates should not overlap.