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Educational Attainment


Education plays a significant role in social mobility, the prevention of poverty, the ability for people to escape the conditions of poverty, and the reduction of crime rates.1-4 Graduating from college or community college significantly increases the likelihood of an individual’s economic success.3-6

Literature suggests that post-secondary education plays an important role in upward mobility.3 Post-secondary education is defined as education attained after high school. This includes but is not limited to colleges, community colleges, and universities. The Post-Secondary Completion indicator measures the percentage the population, 25-years-old and older, with at least an associate’s degree.

While it is recognized that certificate programs are also important to a community, the data for such information is not currently available for analysis.

The measures that Forsyth Futures uses to track progress for Educational Attainment outcomes are listed below; the dashboard shows Forsyth Counties’ status and trends for each measure.

Educational AttainmentPost-Secondary CompletionPost-Secondary Completion

Explore: Educational Attainment Rates in Forsyth County (Current and Trend)


  1. Haskins, R. (2011). Fighting poverty the American way. Anti-Poverty Programs in a Global Perspective: Lessons from Rich and Poor Countries, Social Science Research Center, Berlin, [Record of a Symposium]. June 20-21, 2011. Berlin, Germany. Retrieved from
  2. Acs, G. (2011). Downward mobility from the middle class: Waking up from the American dream. Retrieved from
  3. Furchtgott-Roth, D., Jacobson, L., & Mokher, C. (2009). Strengthening community colleges’ influence on economic mobility. Retrieved from
  4. Sharkey, P., Bryan, G. (2013). Mobility and the metropolis: How communities factor into economic mobility. Retrieved from
  5. Ross, C., & Wu, C. (1995). The links between education and health. American Sociological Review, 60(5), 719-745. Retrieved from
  6. Lochner, L. (2007). Education and crime. Retrieved from
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