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Educational attainment of immigrants, by gender, 1940–2011

Share of workers (Decennial Census) Share (CPS)
1940 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2000 2011
Mexican men
High school (H.S.) dropouts 94.6% 91.2% 88.3% 82.6% 77.2% 70.4% 63.0% 64.6% 57.0%
H.S. graduates 3.0 6.7 6.7 11.7 14.3 19.0 25.1 22.2 28.3
Some college 1.0 1.5 2.7 3.6 5.7 7.8 8.5 9.3 9.7
College graduates 1.4 0.6 2.4 2.2 2.9 2.8 3.4 3.8 5.1
Non-Mexican men
H.S. dropouts 84.4% 76.4% 64.5% 45.5% 30.2% 21.0% 17.0% 18.5% 14.6%
H.S. graduates 9.2 14.5 16.8 23.9 26.7 26.0 25.8 24.6 24.5
Some college 2.8 4.0 8.3 11.7 15.2 21.3 20.9 19.7 19.9
College graduates 3.7 5.1 10.4 18.9 27.9 31.7 36.3 37.3 41.0
Mexican women
H.S. dropouts 84.5% 82.4% 83.9% 77.3% 72.9% 64.7% 57.0% 57.3% 48.5%
H.S. graduates 12.5 10.3 11.4 16.9 17.7 21.9 26.6 24.0 28.8
Some college 2.1 4.4 2.7 4.5 7.0 10.5 11.8 13.4 15.2
College graduates 0.9 2.9 2.0 1.4 2.4 3.0 4.5 5.2 7.6
Non-Mexican women
H.S. dropouts 79.2% 68.5% 59.3% 43.9% 30.1% 20.0% 15.5% 16.6% 12.1%
H.S. graduates 15.8 22.3 25.5 33.7 35.2 31.1 27.6 27.1 24.7
Some college 2.8 5.0 9.6 12.6 16.8 24.0 24.4 22.6 23.2
College graduates 2.2 4.2 5.7 9.9 17.9 24.9 32.6 33.7 40.0

Source: Borjas and Katz (2005, Table 2) and authors' analysis of Current Population Survey basic monthly microdata

Updated May 17, 2012

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Data are from Table 2 in Borjas and Katz (2005) and authors’ computations of Current Population Survey basic monthly microdata for 2000 and 2011.

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