April 26, 2011 / 9:38 PM / in 8 years

Working women better educated than men: Census

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A higher percentage of U.S. working women have college degrees than working men, the Census Bureau said on Tuesday in a report on American educational attainment.

The study shows that 37 percent of women in the work force age 25 and older had attained a bachelor’s degree or more as of 2010, whereas 35 percent of their male peers had reached the same level.

For those in their late twenties, the gap is wider. Thirty-six percent of women had a bachelor’s degree or more, compared with 28 percent of men.

However, in the entire population over the age of 25, including those not working, 30.3 percent of men had bachelor’s degrees compared with 29.6 percent of women.

Thirty percent of all adults 25 and older had bachelor’s degrees in 2010, up from 26 percent in 2000.

The report also said that 52 percent of Asians 25 and older had a bachelor’s degree or more, against 33 percent of non-Hispanic whites, 20 percent of blacks and 14 percent of Hispanics.

Reporting by Wendell Marsh; Editing by Jerry Norton

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