Population with No High School Diploma

Within the report area there are 14,733 persons aged 25 and older without a high school diploma (or equivalency) or higher. This represents 14.17% of the total population aged 25 and older. This indicator is relevant because educational attainment is linked to positive health outcomes (Freudenberg & Ruglis, 2007).
Report Area Total Population Age 25+ Population Age 25+ with No High School Diploma Percent Population Age 25+ with No High School Diploma
Franklin County, PA 103,988 14,733 14.17%
Pennsylvania 8,764,740 966,788 11.03%
United States 209,056,128 28,587,748 13.67%
Note: This Indicator is compared with the state average. Green - Better than state average, Red - Worse than state average.
Data Source: US Census Bureau, American Community Survey. 2010-14. Source geography: Tract

Population with No High School Diploma by Gender
Report Area Total Male Total Female Percent Male Percent Female
Franklin County, PA 7,525 7,208 15% 13.39%
Pennsylvania 479,411 487,377 11.43% 10.66%
United States 14,483,210 14,104,538 14.37% 13.03%
Population with No High School Diploma by Ethnicity Alone
Report Area Total Hispanic / Latino Total Not Hispanic / Latino Percent Hispanic / Latino Percent Not Hispanic / Latino
Franklin County, PA 1,296 13,437 41.58% 13.32%
Pennsylvania 129,055 863,576 32.12% 10.02%
United States 10,436,617 18,151,132 35.89% 10.09%
Population with No High School Diploma by Race Alone, Percent
Report Area White Black or African American Native American / Alaska Native Asian Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander Some Other Race Multiple Race
Franklin County, PA 14.03% 14.24% 0% 15.68% 0% 36.32% 13.83%
Pennsylvania 9.64% 16.25% 21.16% 18.26% 22.83% 37.66% 15.9%
United States 11.63% 16.83% 21.41% 14.24% 13.95% 41.51% 14.65%
Population with No High School Diploma by Race Alone, Total
Report Area White Black or African American Native American / Alaska Native Asian Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander Some Other Race Multiple Race
Franklin County, PA 13,844 394 153 0 0 247 95
Pennsylvania 716,451 137,539 44,969 3,226 470 49,362 14,771
United States 18,623,964 4,089,870 1,535,940 328,479 44,296 3,421,304 543,894
Website Updated August 2016

Population with No High School Diploma

Data Background

The American Community Survey (ACS) is a nationwide, continuous survey designed to provide communities with reliable and timely demographic, housing, social, and economic data. The ACS samples nearly 3 million addresses each year, resulting in nearly 2 million final interviews. The ACS replaces the long-form decennial census; however, the number of household surveys reported annually for the ACS is significantly less than the number reported in the long-form decennial census. As a result, the ACS combines detailed population and housing data from multiple years to produce reliable estimates for small counties, neighborhoods, and other local areas. Negotiating between timeliness and accuracy, the ACS annually releases current, one-year estimates for geographic areas with large populations; three-year and five-year estimates are also released each year for additional areas based on minimum population thresholds.

Citation: U.S. Census Bureau: A Compass for Understanding and Using American Community Survey Data (2008).

For more information about this source, including data collection methodology and definitions, refer to the American Community Survey website.


Population counts for population by educational attainment and total area population data are acquired from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Data represent estimates for the 5 year period 2010-2014. Mapped data are summarized to 2010 census tract boundaries. Area demographic statistics are measured as a percentage of the total population aged 25+ based on the following formula:

Percentage = [Subgroup Population] / [Total Population Age 25+] * 100

For more information on the data reported in the American Community Survey, please see the complete American Community Survey 2014 Subject Definitions.


Trends Over Time
The American Community Survey multi-year estimates are based on data collected over 5 years. For any given consecutive release of ACS 5-year estimates, 4 of the 5 years overlap. The Census Bureau discourages direct comparisons between estimates for overlapping periods; use caution when interpreting this data.

Race and Ethnicity
Race and ethnicity (Hispanic origin) are collected as two separate categories in the American Community Survey (ACS) based on methods established by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in 1997. Indicator race and ethnicity statistics are generated from self-identified survey responses. Using the OMB standard, the available race categories in the ACS are: White, Black, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian, and Other. An ACS survey respondent may identify as one race alone, or may choose multiple races. Respondents selecting multiple categories are racially identified as “Two or More Races”. The minimum ethnicity categories are: Hispanic or Latino, and Not Hispanic or Latino. Respondents may only choose one ethnicity. All social and economic data are reported in the ACS public use files by race alone, ethnicity alone, and for the white non-Hispanic population.

Data Limitations
Beginning in 2006, the population in group quarters (GQ) was included in the ACS. Some types of GQ populations may have educational attainment distributions that are different from the household population. The inclusion of the GQ population could therefore have a noticeable impact on the educational attainment distribution. This is particularly true for areas with a substantial GQ population.

Courtesy: Community Commons, <www.communitycommons.org>, August 2016