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Census: Midstate trails state growth in higher education degrees

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The percentage of Pennsylvania residents age 25 and older with a bachelor's degree or higher grew 4.6 percent from the 2000 Census to the recent release of the 2008-12 American Community Survey.

The U.S. Census Bureau found there are about 8.7 million people in Pennsylvania who are 25 or older. Of that group, 27 percent have earned a bachelor's degree or higher.

In Central Pennsylvania, the growth rate has not been as strong.

Cumberland County saw the biggest jump. The county has 161,652 people over the age of 24, according to the recent ACS. And 32.4 percent of that group has a bachelor's degree or higher.

In 2000, that percentage was 27.9 percent, according to the Census. That's a 4.5 percent growth rate.

By comparison, Dauphin County posted a 4 percent increase since 2000 with 27.5 percent of the 25-and-over group now in the bachelor's degree or higher category.

In Lebanon County, it is 19.1 percent, a growth rate of 3.7 percent compared with 2000.

York County was next at 21.6 percent, or a 3.2 percent increase, followed by Lancaster County at 23.5 percent, an increase of 3 percent from 2000.

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