Adult Educational Attainment

Adult educational attainment measures the population 25 years and older that have received their high school diploma (or its equivalent). Educational attainment can be tied to influences on health such as employment outcomes, income, and health behaviors, which have been linked to increased physical and mental health. Data demonstrates that the death rate declines for men and women with higher educational attainment and a person’s chances of being in very good or excellent health are greater with each higher level of educational attainment. Educational attainment has also been shown to have a multi‐generational impact: children of mothers with higher levels of education tend to have better health compared to the offspring of mothers with lower educational attainment. Although in the educational opportunities domain, educational attainment is also strongly linked to employment, economic health and neighborhood characteristics. Although data for this indicator is available from the U.S. Census, cities may use locally available data as appropriate.

Neighborhoodsort descending Indicator Value Rank
Blackstone 96.1% 3
Charles 77.4% 9
College Hill 97.9% 2
Downtown 77.7% 8
Elmhurst 88.0% 7
Elmwood 64.9% 18
Federal Hill 68.3% 16
Fox Point 92.4% 4
Hartford 60.6% 21
Hope 92.0% 5
Lower South Providence 62.1% 20
Manton 59.8% 22
Mount Hope 88.6% 6
Mount Pleasant 69.2% 15
Olneyville 56.0% 25
Reservoir 71.4% 12
Silver Lake 59.6% 23
Smith Hill 69.9% 14
South Elmwood 71.3% 13
Upper South Providence 64.8% 19
Valley 67.0% 17
Wanskuck 73.3% 10
Washington Park 73.0% 11
Wayland 98.2% 1
West End 58.8% 24

Key Citations:
1. Backlund E, Sorlie PD, Johnson NJ. A comparison of the relationships of education and income with mortality: the National Longitudinal Mortality Study. Soc Sci Med. 1999;49(10):1373-84.
2. Pappas G, Queen S, Hadden W, Fisher G. 1993. The increasing disparity in mortality between socioeconomic groups in the US, 1960 and 1986. New England Journal of Medicine; 329:103‐109.
3. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (2011). Education Matters for Health. Accessed December 13, 2012. Available at:‐publications/find‐rwjf‐research/2011/06/what‐shapes‐health/education matters‐for‐health.html.
4. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2011. Education pays: Unemployment and median weekly earnings by education level. US. Dept. of Labor. Available at: