Released: June 27, 2012
Updated: July 12, 2012
The 10 Largest Hispanic Origin Groups: Characteristics, Rankings, Top Counties
III. Educational Attainment
High School Diploma Only
- About one-quarter (26%) of Hispanics ages 25 and older have only a high school diploma. This compares with 28% of the total U.S. population.
- Puerto Ricans (30%), Cubans (29%), Colombians (27%) and Peruvians (27%) all have slightly higher shares with only a high school diploma compared with the total U.S. Hispanic population.
- Guatemalans (22%) and Salvadorans (24%) have lower-than-average shares of adults ages 25 and older who have only a high school diploma.
Bachelor’s Degree or More
- Some 13% of U.S. Hispanics ages 25 and older have at least a bachelor’s degree, compared with 28% of the total U.S. population of the same age.
- The shares of Colombians (32%) and Peruvians (30%) who have a college degree or more are higher than the share of the total U.S. population with at least a bachelor’s degree.
- Salvadorans (7%), Guatemalans (8%) and Mexicans (9%) have the lowest rates of college completion; fewer than one-in-ten adults ages 25 and older in these Hispanic groups have a bachelor’s degree.