Graduate or Professional Degrees, 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 8th among its peer cities with 13.5% of young adults having earned a post-baccalaureate degree.

Louisville is in the middle 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 are graduate and professional degree holders concentrated in Louisville?

While thirteen percent of young adults hold graduate or professional degrees in Louisville, the prevalence of degrees varies substantially across the city. In the map to the left, areas where more young adults have post-baccalaureate degrees are purple, while areas where fewer young adults hold post-baccalaureate degrees are blue and white. Similar to other maps of post-secondary degrees, there is a distinct divide between western and eastern Louisville.

Post-baccalaureate educational achievement is most concentrated the Highlands where over 31% of the young adult population have a graduate or professional degree. Conversely, the lowest concentration of earned post-baccalaureate degrees can be seen in the Portland neighborhood, where approximately 0% of young adults have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher.

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

Trends over time

The rate of graduate degree attainment in Louisville has fallen since 2013. It now lies below the 75th percentile at 13.5%, one percentage point below that percentile. The city has performed above the peer mean since the year 2000.

Comparison With the Most and Least Improved Peer Cities

Since 2010, Louisville has outpaced the peer mean and the most improved city, Omaha. Currently, 13.5% of young adults in Louisville have a graduate degree. Greensboro is the least improved city.

Differences Based on Race

The gap between Blacks and whites has increased since the year 2000. Whites in Louisville are performing above their peer mean at 15.7%, while Blacks in Louisville are performing under their peer mean at just 5.5%.

Differences Based on Sex

The gap between young adult females and males has widened since 2011. Both young adult females and males in Louisville are outpacing their respective peer means. The rate for graduate degree attainment for females in Louisville stands at 15.7%. The rate for males in Louisville stands at 11.2%.