Percent of population below poverty level and percent of population 25 years and over who did not graduate from high school, United States 2004
Data source: 2004 American Community Survey.
The regression line emphasizes the close link between poverty and lack of education in the United States. Mississippi has the poorest and least educated population, with 22 percent living below the poverty level and 23 percent not having graduated from high school. Other states with a low share of high school graduates and high poverty rates are Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Mexico, Texas, and West Virginia. In contrast, Alaska, Connecticut, Minnesota, and New Hampshire have the least poor and most educated population in the United States. In the country as a whole, 13 percent of the population live below the poverty level and 16 percent did not graduate from high school.
- Poverty and educational attainment in the United States
- Achievement gap between black and white students in the United States
- National wealth and school enrollment
- Household wealth and years of education
- Educational attainment in sub-Saharan Africa
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