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


Performance Measures Public
Agenda Baseline
Year 2 2018
Year 10
Benchmarks

Adults with Bachelor’s Degree or Higher.  Percent of population age 25-64 with a bachelor’s degree or higher.

 

Reduce number of geographic areas that have 18.0 percent or less of the population age 25-64 with a bachelor’s degree or higher.

22 High Disparity Areas

18 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 18.0 percent or less of the population age 25 to 64 have a bachelor’s degree or higher, i.e., reduce the high disparity areas.

No areas in Illinois are high disparity areas. 

High Disparity Areas

Reduction in High Disparity Areas

Figure 1.22. The 16 red marks represent areas where only 18.0 percent or less of the population 25-64 have a bachelor’s degree or higher in the baseline year and year two. Pink shows the 6 areas that are no longer high disparity areas in year two. Orange shows the 2 areas added to the high disparity quartile in year two.
Figure 1.22. The 16 red marks represent areas where only 18.0 percent or less of the population 25-64 have a bachelorís degree or higher in the baseline year and year two. Pink shows the 6 areas that are no longer high disparity areas in year two. Orange shows the 2 areas added to the high disparity quartile in year two.

Figure 1.21. The number of high disparity areas has decreased from 22 to 18.
Figure 1.21. The number of high disparity areas has decreased from 22 to 18.

Baseline Quartiles Used for Comparisons


Best performing

41.7 percent and greater

Second

26.2 to 41.7 percent

Third

18.0 to 26.2 percent

High Disparity

18.0 percent and less


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

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