Durham, Orange beat statewide higher education percentage

Jun. 15, 2013 @ 10:07 PM

Durham, Orange and Wake are listed as the three counties in the state that have the highest percentage of adults with at least an associate degree, according to annual statistics released by the Lumina Foundation.

The private, independent foundation is focused on increasing the number of Americans who receive a college education and degrees – Lumina’s 2025 goal is for 60 percent of Americans to hold high-quality degrees, certificates and other postsecondary credentials, according to the report, and North Carolina is behind in reaching that goal.

In Durham County, 53.2 percent of adults have at least an associate degree. Orange County weighs in at 62.59 percent and Wake weighs at 58.54 percent.

In North Carolina, 38.2 percent of the state’s 5.1 million working-age adults (25-64 years old) have a two- or four-year college degree, according to 2011 Census data. The national percentage is 38.7 percent.