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Goal 1: Increase Educational Attainment
Adults with Associate’s Degree or Higher


Performance Measures Public
Agenda Baseline
Year 2 2018
Year 10
Benchmarks

Adults with Associate’s Degree or Higher.  Percent of population age 25-64 with an associate’s degree or higher. 

 

Reduce number of geographic areas that have 28.1 percent or less of the population age 25-64 with an associate’s degree or higher.

23 High Disparity Areas

21 High Disparity Areas No High Disparity Areas
  • Best-performing region in Illinois

An “area” means one of 87 geographic regions in Illinois created by the U.S. Census Bureau and used for sampling the population.  Each area has approximately 100,000 persons and is known as a Public Use Microdata Area (PUMA).  A PUMA may consist of multiple contiguous low-population counties or a high-density area within a county.  For example, in Southeast Illinois there is a PUMA that consists of 13 counties.  In contrast, Cook County contains 36 PUMAs.   

 

Points of Interest

Goal in 2018

  • The goal is to reduce the number of areas where only 28.1 percent or less of the population age 25-64 have an associate’s degree or higher.

No areas in Illinois are high disparity areas. 

High Disparity Areas

Reduction in High Disparity Areas

Figure 1.20. The 21 red marks represent areas where only 28.1 percent or less of the population 25-64 have an associate’s degree or higher in the baseline year and year two. Pink shows the 2 areas that are no longer high disparity areas in year two.
Figure 1.20. The 21 red marks represent areas where only 28.1 percent or less of the population 25-64 have an associate’s degree or higher in the baseline year and year two. Pink shows the 2 areas that are no longer high disparity areas in year two.

Figure 1.19. The number of high disparity areas has decreased from 23 to 21.
Figure 1.19. The number of high disparity areas has decreased from 23 to 21.

Baseline Quartiles Used for Comparisons


Best performing

47.1 percent and greater

Second

35.0 to 47.1 percent

Third

28.1 to 35.0 percent

High Disparity

28.1 percent and less


Source:  U.S. Census Bureau, 2006 and 2009 ACS PUMAs files

[ Goal 1 Progress Update ]