Which are the most educated races in America?
Officially, according to the United States Census Bureau, five races are identified by name. These are White, Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander. You can read up on the origins of each of the mentioned races if you follow the link. The sixth division that the Census uses to bifurcate people racially is the category named “two or more races.” If a certain person checks more than one box when asked the question of race, they are classified in the aforementioned category. Therefore, these are the six classifications of races that we have used to create our ranking.
The United States spends a high percentage of its GDP on education which is why it is no surprise that it ranks so high on the list of 10 countries that spend the most on education per student. But how exactly does each race residing in the country rank in its education? To answer this question we referred to the report issued by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) which examines the Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Groups in 2016. This report has a multitude of information, and we decided to use four basic criteria to formulate the list of 6 most educated races in America. The criteria we used are as follows:
- Percentage of students enrolled in public elementary and secondary schools (indicator 6 of the report);
- High school status completion rates (indicator 17 of the report);
- College enrollment rates (indicator 18 of the report);
- Post-secondary graduation rate (indicator 21 of the report);
You can learn more about the specifics of these factors and how they were computed from the NCES report. Now let’s get down to the actual list in which the ranks will definitely surprise you.