The Chronicle of Higher Education recently published a fascinating graphic about college attainment in this country. About 27.5 percent of adults in the country have attainted bachelor’s degrees. The map the Chronicle provides is interactive, so one can ascertain education levels by individual country, and for different ethnic groups.

The education rates vary across the country. Some 47 percent of the adult residents of Washington, DC have bachelor’s degrees and a whopping 53 percent of the adult residents of Marin County, California have bachelor’s degrees. But only 5 percent of the adults in Buffalo County, South Dakota have graduated from college.

The Chronicle map (stationary version below) illustrates something that we often see when looking at education attainment. Most of the land of the country is light colored, which means that college attainment is low. But major population centers are dark, meaning that college attainment is higher. Places with lots of people have more education; low population areas also have low college attainment. [Image via]

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer