What you make depends on where you live: college earnings across states and metropolitan areas

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Author: Winters, John V.; Northern, Amber M.; Petrilli, Michael J.


Deciding whether to invest time and money in higher education is among the most important decisions that a young adult can make. The evidence is clear that workers who went to college earn higher incomes, on average, than those without a post-secondary degree. But considering the variations in different geographic areas, do workers in some parts of the country do about as well with two-year degrees as those with bachelor's degrees? This first-of-its-kind study looks beyond the national averages, comparing mean earnings for full-time workers with different levels of education in all 50...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Employment; Income; Higher education; Qualifications; Demographics; Outcomes

Keywords: Graduates; Educational level; Employment outcomes; Wage differential; Ethnicity; Minority group; Outcomes of education and training; Return on education and training; Geographic distribution; Urban; Rural; Comparative analysis; Data analysis

Geographic subjects: United States; North America

Published: Washington, District of Columbia: Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2020

Physical description: 172 p.

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Statement of responsibility: By John V. Winters; foreword and executive summary by Amber M. Northern and Michael J. Petrilli

Resource type: Report

Call number: TD/TNC 140.823

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