Education
Share of Residents 25 to 34 Years-Old with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher


Share of Residents 25 to 34 Years-Old with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher

What does this measure?

The share of the population between the ages of 25 and 34 with a bachelor's or higher college degree.

Why is this important?

The presence of young adults provides a regional economy with a supply of young workers starting out in careers. A region with a vibrant economy, particularly in technology and/or innovation, will tend to attract more young adults, while a more stagnant region is likely to lose them.

How is our county performing?

Berks County had a little more than 13,000 young adults in 2014-18 with a bachelor's or higher, making up 4.2% of the total population, below the state and nation. This young, educated slice of the population grew in Berks from 3.5% in 2000, but growth was stronger in the state and nation.

The south region of Berks had the highest share of residents 25 to 34 with a bachelor's degree or higher (6.2%) which the central region had the lowest (2.5%).

Among neighboring counties in 2014-18, Lebanon (3.3%) and Schuylkill (3.4%) were lower than Berks, while Chester (8%) and Montgomery (8.8%) counties had larger shares than Berks.

Notes about the data

The multi-year figures are from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The bureau combined five years of responses to the survey to provide estimates for smaller geographic areas and increase the precision of its estimates. However, because the information came from a survey, the samples responding to the survey were not always large enough to produce reliable results, especially in small geographic areas. CGR has noted on data tables the estimates with relatively large margins of error. Estimates with three asterisks have the largest margins, plus or minus 50% or more of the estimate. Two asterisks mean plus or minus 35%-50%, and one asterisk means plus or minus 20%-35%. For all estimates, the confidence level is 90%, meaning there is 90% probability the true value (if the whole population were surveyed) would be within the margin of error (or confidence interval). The survey provides data on characteristics of the population that used to be collected only during the decennial census. Data for this indicator are released annually in December.

There may be additional research available on this topic. Click on Reports and Resources to learn more.

Share of Residents 25 to 34 Years-Old with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher
20002009-132014-18
United States5.2%5.6%6.3%
Pennsylvania4.8%5.6%6.4%
Berks County3.5%3.9%4.2%
Berks County Regions
Central2.1%2.5%2.5%
Northeast3.6%3.7%3.3%
South5.2%5.9%6.2%
Southeast3.9%3.6%4.7%
West3.0%3.2%3.8%
Reading city1.8%1.7%1.9%*
Berks County Peers
Chester County8.1%7.3%8.0%
Lancaster County4.1%4.3%5.4%
Lebanon County2.7%3.2%3.3%
Lehigh County4.8%5.5%5.3%
Montgomery County8.6%8.5%8.8%
Schuylkill County2.2%2.8%3.4%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey.




Number of 25 to 34 Year-Olds with a Bachelors Degree or Higher
20002009-132014-18
United States10,899,87313,323,39015,629,182
Pennsylvania450,631553,747647,966
Berks County9,99112,20813,389
Berks County Regions
Central1,6602,1352,179
Northeast1,6751,9521,767
South3,7795,0335,403
Southeast1,3681,4832,070
West1,3861,6051,967
Reading city1,0361,0261,142*
Berks County Peers
Chester County25,85427,96731,668
Lancaster County14,00716,92522,175
Lebanon County2,4763,2843,534
Lehigh County11,29714,87914,902
Montgomery County48,95753,16456,853
Schuylkill County2,6093,2973,909

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey.




INDICATORS TREND | BERKS COUNTY
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Disengaged Youth Decreasing
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Population by Age Not Applicable
Children with Elevated Blood Lead Levels Maintaining
Change in Population by Age and Gender Not Applicable
Change in Total Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Households by type Not Applicable
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Seniors Living Alone Decreasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Unemployment Rate Decreasing
Change in Labor Force Decreasing
Employment to Population ratio Decreasing
Change in Jobs by Sector Not Applicable
Sector Share of Total Jobs Not Applicable
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Change in Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
People Entering/Leaving County/Region for Work Not Applicable
Public Assistance Maintaining
Spending for Local Governments Maintaining
Spending for Counties Maintaining
Spending for School Districts Maintaining
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch Increasing
English Language Learners Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Per Student Spending Maintaining
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
Education Levels of Adults Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Brain Drain/Gain Maintaining
Plans of High School Graduates Not Applicable
Enrollment in Local Colleges Decreasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Median Household Income by Household Type Not Applicable
Living Wage Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Working Poor Maintaining
People Receiving Federal Food Assistance Increasing
People Receiving Supplemental Security Income Increasing
Health Status Not Applicable
People Enrolled in Medicaid Managed Care Increasing
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Physically Inactive Adults Not Applicable
Adults Who are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Students in 7-12 Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Cancer Incidence Decreasing
Students in K-6 Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Prevalence of Mental Illness Maintaining
Vacant Housing Units Increasing
Homeownership Rates Decreasing
Cost of Homeownership Maintaining
Cost of Homeownership, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Cost of Rent Increasing
Cost of Rent, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Family Home Sales Increasing
Median Single-Family Home Sale Price Maintaining
Tourism Spending Maintaining
Voter Registration Rate Decreasing
Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Average Charitable Giving Maintaining
Contributions as a Percentage of Income Maintaining
Households With Internet Access Not Applicable
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments Maintaining
Toxic Chemical Releases Decreasing
Violent Crimes Maintaining
Property Crimes Decreasing
Incarceration Rates Maintaining
Drug Abuse Offenses Increasing
Drug Abuse Arrests Increasing
Protection from Domestic Abuse Maintaining
Average Travel Time to Work Increasing
Crashes Involving Alcohol Decreasing
Households Without Vehicles Decreasing