Associate Degree or Higher, Ages 25-34

The educational attainment of young adults in Louisville lays the groundwork for the academic outcomes of future generations. An educated workforce is also important to establishing 21st-century jobs to make Louisville competitive in the modern economy. College attainment among young adults is an important indicator of the effectiveness of Louisville’s educational system and its ability to attract educated workers from other cities.

Peer City Perspective

Louisville currently ranks 11th among its peer cities with 47.9% of young adults having earned at least an associate degree.

Louisville is in the middle cluster 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 in Louisville are associate degrees and above found?

Less than half of the young adults in Louisville have an associate degree or higher, and there is a clear geographic divide on where degree holders live. In the map to the left, areas where more adults have associate degrees or higher are purple. Areas where fewer adults hold post-secondary degrees are white. There are much higher rates of degree holders east of I-65.

High attainment of post-secondary degrees is almost exclusively seen in eastern Louisville. The Highlands have the highest percentage of residents with an associate degree or higher at approximately 80%. This is in stark contrast to western Louisville where degree attainment in Portland and Russell measures below 8%.

Scroll over the map to see values for each neighborhood. Zoom in to see street names that form the boundaries of each neighborhood.

Trends Over Time

Since 2000, more young, adult Louisvillians have obtained their associate degree or higher. For several years, Louisville was at the peer mean. Currently, the city is 1.4% below the peer mean, but remains higher than the 2000 number.

Comparison Between the Most and Least Improved Cities

Kansas City is currently the most improved city in our peer group, yet it still falls behind both Louisville and the peer mean. Louisville has slightly diverged from the peer mean since 2015, and currently stands at 46.4%. Memphis continues to be the least improved city in our peer group.

Differences by Race

White young adults continue to obtain associate degrees or higher at a rate higher than Black young adults, although they also currently fall below their peer mean. Black young adults are increasing their degree attainment at a much higher rate than their white counterparts. In 2015, Blacks met their peer mean and are now one percentage point below it.

Differences by Sex

A greater number of young adult females hold at least an associate degree compared to young adult males. In 2015, men met their peer city mean, while women continued to fall below their peer city mean.