Racine, WI
Cloudy / Wind
5:49 am7:47 pm CDT
55°F / 48°F
70°F / 46°F
66°F / 54°F

Local News

Young People in Wisconsin Are More Educated Than Ever Before

Credit: iStock

Jeff Fuentes Gleghorn 

According to the Education Research Service, young people in Wisconsin are more likely to graduate from high school, get their GED, and graduate from college than ever before. In 2000, around 15 percent of people over the age of 25 had not completed high school or their GED. 20 years later, that number has fallen to only 8 percent, meaning that in two decades, Wisconsin has managed to cut the number of people without a high school diploma or GED in half. The state is doing better than the United States as a whole, which has an overall 88 percent graduation rate, up from 80 percent in 2000.

Racine and Kenosha Counties are slightly behind the average for the state with 90 percent of residents in both counties having graduated from high school or its equivalent. They are also less likely to have a college degree, as only 25 percent of Racine residents and 26 percent of Kenosha residents have graduated from college. The Wisconsin average is 30 percent, and nationwide 32 percent of U.S. residents are college graduates.

Wisconsin has a strong education system, particularly at the high school level. The 92 percent high school graduation rate is four percent higher than the national average. However, college graduation rates are slightly lower than the average across the United States. As state officials work to improve education, it may be worth paying special attention to getting residents into – and through – college programs as well.