Updated U.S. Census data shows that Florida’s higher education attainment rate continues outpace the national average. Florida is now ranked at #22 in the U.S. for completion of college degrees and workforce-related credentials, according to the Florida College Access Network.
The latest data shows Florida’s higher education attainment rate increased to 49.6%, while nationally, the rate stands at 48.4%. Those figures include an estimated 8% of adults in Florida who hold a relevant workforce certificate.
As the Tampa Bay region often reflects state trends, LEAP Tampa Bay uses the same credential figure to estimate its overall attainment rate. Including the estimated 8% of adults with a relevant workforce certificate, the Tampa Bay region’s overall postsecondary attainment rate as of 2017 – the most recent year county-level data is available – stands at 51.3 percent. The attainment rate for the counties served by LEAP Tampa Bay College Access Network grew 3.2 percent in the four years after 2013.