Associate Degree or Higher, Ages 25-64

Earning a college degree opens many doors that lead to better career opportunities and higher earnings. Additionally, children are more likely to earn a secondary degree of their own when their parents have attended college. An educated workforce is important to establishing 21st-century jobs to make Louisville competitive in the modern economy.


Peer City Perspective

Louisville currently ranks 11th among its peer cities with 45.5% of working age individuals 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?

Although many working adults in Louisville have an associate degree or higher, there is a clear geographic divide on where those people live. In the map to the left, areas where more adults have post-secondary degrees are purple. Areas where fewer adults hold post-secondary degrees are white.

High attainment of a post-secondary degrees is almost exclusively seen in east of I-65, among communities such as Northeast Jefferson, J-Town, and the Highlands. In these areas, percentages are over 80%. In comparison, there is a lower percentage of working adults with associate degrees or higher in western Louisville, with several areas showing less than 15%.

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

Trends Over Time

With the exception of the year 2014, Louisville has fallen below the peer mean for the percentage of adults ages 25-64 with an associate degree or higher. The city has experienced a decrease in the number of these degrees since 2014.

Comparison Between the Most and Least Improved Cities

In 2013, Louisville began to outpace the least improved city, Tulsa. Louisville is currently the most improved city in its peer group. However, the city still remains below the peer mean at 43.5%

Differences Based on Race

Both white and Black Louisvillians are performing below their respective peer city means. Whites have consistently performed below their 25th percentiles. After decreasing from 2011, Blacks are rebounding and are almost near their 25th percentile.

Differences Based on Sex

Women of working age are outpacing men in the attainment of associate degrees or higher. Both men and women continue to perform below their respective peer city means.