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Juvenile Population Characteristics
Q: What is the high school completion rate and how has it changed since 1975?
A: In 2009, 90% of young adults had completed high school, a slight increase since 1975 when it was 84%.
Percent of youth ages 18–24 completing high school, 1975-2009

Note: White and black race groups do not include youth of Hispanic ethnicity. Persons of Hispanic ethnicity can be of any race. Because of relatively small sample sizes, American Indians and Asian/Pacific Islanders are included in the total but are not shown separately.

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  • High school completion rates were consistently lower among young Hispanic adults than among both whites and blacks between 1975 and 2009. During this time, completion rates for Hispanics fluctuated between a low of 57% (in 1991) and a high of 77% (in 2009).
  • Completion rates were higher in 2009 than in 1975 for white, black, and Hispanic persons ages 18–24. Increases during this period were greater among blacks (17-percentage points) and Hispanics (15-percentage points) than for whites (7-percentage points).

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/population/qa01501.asp?qaDate=2009. Released on March 05, 2012.

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. Trends in High School Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States: 1972-2009. [Report no. 2012-006]. [PDF]. Washington, D.C.: 2011.


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