People — Strategies

Access: Percent of Adults (25+) with Some College, No Degree as a Share of All Adults

More and more, access to a well-paying job requires at least a 2-year degree. However, nearly 300,000 people in the Kansas City area have attended college without earning a degree, only a fraction of which are currently in school. This metric computes the percentage of the adults 25 and over with some college but no degree in order to measure the region’s progress in getting its residents not only to college, but successfully through it as well. Unlike most KC Rising metrics, a lower value is better in this case, so the region’s rank is calculated based on sorting its peers from low to high. 

KC Value KC Rank Top Ranked
Metro
Top Ranked
Metro Value
10th Ranked
Metro
10th
Ranked Value
Ranking
Trend
Level  2016 21.9% 20 San Jose 15.3% Richmond 20.25%  20th
(down from 16th)
2015 21.4% 16 Pittsburgh 16.1%  Nashville 20.61%
Growth* Change in Percent 2015-16 -0.5% 6 San Jose -0.69% Virginia Beach  -0.25% 6th
(down from 1st)
Change in Percent 2014-15 -0.6% 1 Kansas City -0.56%  Memphis  -0.27%

* Growth is calculated based on a 3-year moving average of the original data to reduce the influence of temporary, random or one-time events.

Source: American Community Survey
Excel data: Percent of Adults (25+) with Some College, No Degree as a Share of All Adults

 

 

 

Kansas City Compared to Peer Metros — Level

Percent of Adults (25+) with Some College, No Degree as a Share of All Adults - 2016


Percent of Adults (25+) with Some College, No Degree as a Share of All Adults - 2015



Kansas City Compared to Peer Metros — Growth

Percent of Adults (25+) with Some College, No Degree as a Share of All Adults - Change in Percent 2015-16


Percent of Adults (25+) with Some College, No Degree as a Share of All Adults - Change in Percent 2014-15