The Learning Curve: An Educational Breakdown of New York City

New York is feeling pretty smart.

According to ACS 2015 5-year estimates, New York is the one of the top ten most college-educated state in the country, with about 34.2 percent of the population over 25 years old having a bachelors degree or higher.

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But a closer look into the educational breakdown of New York City reveals that there is a strong disparity between levels of education among the city’s five boroughs. About 60 percent of Manhattan’s population over 25 have a bachelors degree or higher, but only about 19 percent of the same population in the Bronx has a bachelor’s degree or higher. The other three counties have a fairly standard distribution, with Brooklyn’s college-educated population being about 33 percent, Queens’ being about 30 percent, and Staten Island’s being about 31 percent.

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An even closer look into the city’s educational breakdown based on zip code paints an equally unequal picture. In the Bronx, only 9 percent of the population of the zip code that includes Hunts Point and Mott Haven have a bachelor’s degree or higher, whereas nearly 90 percent of Manhattan’s 10069 zip code on the Upper West Side has a bachelor’s degree or higher.

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Interestingly enough, the neighborhood around Brooklyn College, which is the 11210 zip code, has a fairly average percentage of people over the age of 25 with a bachelor’s degree or higher, with that number being about 34 percent.

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Entrance to Brooklyn College (Wikimedia Commons)

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