The amount of completed academic education or vocational training is a key socio-economic status indicator. Two key thresholds often examined include the completion of a high school education and the completion of a post-secondary degree as both usually indicate the type of employment opportunities available to earn a living. This measures the percent of the population of a block group that holds less than a completed high school degree.
The source data for the demographic index are gathered from the Census Bureau population and demographic characteristics. Percent minority is the ratio of number of minorities over total population of a block group. Educational attainment is measured using the percent of residents age 25 or older whose education is short of a high school diploma.
- Educational attainment = percent of residents age 25 or older whose education is less than a high school diploma.
This indicator was calculated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) using data from the sources listed below.
- U.S. EPA, Environmental Justice (EJ) Screen, 2016.
- U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey (ACS), 5-Year Estimates, 2014.