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Porter County, IN

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The level of education of our workforce is a critical factor for economic and community development. It often provides insight into the skill levels of a local area. The metrics provided here focus on the attainment of degrees and high school graduates' higher education intent. The type of work (occupations) residents perform can also assist in understanding skill levels.

Educational Attainment
 19701980199020002012
Total Population 25 and Older42,18064,84379,62594,462109,671
    Less than 9th Grade8,2016,9834,1942,6642,459
    9th to 12th, No Diploma8,4769,5349,8148,4266,609
    High School Graduate (incl. equiv.)16,62229,63131,45135,91038,769
    Some College, No Degree  14,69320,46024,322
    Associate Degree  4,7135,6619,821
    Bachelors Degree  8,51812,74318,322
    Graduate or Professional Degree*  6,2428,5989,369
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Source: U.S. Census Bureau & American Community Survey 5 Year Estimates
*2011 data includes Doctorate Degrees
High School Graduates Going on to Higher Education
 2005200620072008
Total Graduates1,7241,7431,7811,830
  Total to Higher Education1,4601,4191,5071,542
    Four-Year Institution1,2081,2451,2911,253
    Two-Year Institution1207389128
    Vocational/Tech.132101127161
  Military32312834
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Source: Indiana Department of Education
Educational Attainment in 2000 and 2012
 2000Pct. of
Pop. 25+
2012Pct. of
Pop. 25+
Total Population 25+94,462100.0%109,671100.0%
  Less than 9th Grade2,6642.8%2,4592.2%
  9th to 12th Grade, No Diploma8,4268.9%6,6096.0%
  High School Graduate (incl. equivalency)35,91038.0%38,76935.4%
  Some College, No Degree20,46021.7%24,32222.2%
  Associate's Degree5,6616.0%9,8219.0%
  Bachelor's Degree12,74313.5%18,32216.7%
  Graduate or Professional Degree**8,5989.1%9,3698.5%
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Source: U.S. Census Bureau & American Community Survey 5 year estimates.
**2011 Graduate or Professional Degree data include Doctorate Degrees
High School Graduates Higher Education Intent
 2008 Pct. Dist.Indiana Pct. Dist.
Graduates100.0%100.0%
  Total Going on to Higher Education84.3%84.1%
    Four-Year Institution68.5%61.2%
    Two-Year Institution7.0%15.9%
    Vocational and Tech.8.8%7.0%
  Military1.9%2.6%
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Source: Indiana Department of Education