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Percentage of US Population, Age 25+, with Bachelor's Degree or Higher, by Race/Ethnic Origin, 1940 - 2011

Data compiled by the Census Bureau suggests that college completion rates have risen for all racial/ethnic groups since 1940. However, there are significant disparities between groups, and differences in growth trends have exacerbated some of those differences over time. In 1970, for example, there was a six point difference between blacks and whites in the percentage with a bachelor's degree - by 2011, that difference was 10 percentage points.