How many young adults are going to college?



I am extremely interested in demographics and the different phases in people’s lives. One of the most influential points of someone’s life is whether or not they go to college. With that in mind, I decided to make this tool so people could easily how many people are going to school in each state and how they differ from people that aren’t going to college. You can view this information for any state, adjust the age range, and explore many topics such as employment status, citizenship, and living arrangements.

What I was able to find looking at this tool is that most young adults in college are more likely to be:

  • Not participating in the labor force
  • Working for a non-profit or state government (Maybe these are the schools they attend?)
  • Living in group quarters such as dorms
  • Unmarried

I hope you enjoy the visualization below. If you see anything you want to let us know, feel free to comment or reach out to us on Twitter.



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Data Notes

I used the 2017 ACS One Year Public Use Microdata Sample to create this visualization. The data can be found on the ACS Website. I then utilized Tableau to visualize the data.

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