Least educated counties in Colorado

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May 14, 2022
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Least educated counties in Colorado

The value of traditional education can vary widely across the country. While a college degree has long been viewed as a critical step toward the American dream, growing costs have led many students to reconsider the return-on-investment of higher education. Meanwhile, local economies and individual circumstances can push others toward learning a trade or entering the workforce early.

These considerations aside, national statistics show a clear difference in earnings as they relate to educational attainment, as college graduates typically earn 65% more than those with only a high school degree.

To help understand areas with the lowest educational attainment, Stacker compiled a list of the least educated counties in Colorado using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by the lowest percent of the population 25 years and over that has a Bachelor’s degree or higher. Ties are broken by the highest percent with less than high school diploma.

Keep read on for a look at the least-educated counties in Colorado.

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#50. Hinsdale County

- 45.7% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 6.3% ($44,107 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 22.8% ($31,417)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 25.3% ($30,556)
- Bachelor's degree: 31% ($30,000)
- Graduate or professional degree: 14.7% ($41,667)

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#49. Jefferson County

- 45.2% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 5.5% ($29,957 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 20.3% ($38,468)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 29% ($42,541)
- Bachelor's degree: 28.7% ($60,951)
- Graduate or professional degree: 16.4% ($73,402)

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#48. La Plata County

- 44.2% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 4.4% ($26,618 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 20% ($34,109)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 31.3% ($34,931)
- Bachelor's degree: 27.7% ($44,505)
- Graduate or professional degree: 16.5% ($57,177)

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#47. Arapahoe County

- 42.8% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 7.4% ($27,398 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 20.8% ($34,220)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 29% ($40,954)
- Bachelor's degree: 27.2% ($56,885)
- Graduate or professional degree: 15.6% ($73,022)

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#46. Gilpin County

- 39.6% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 1.6% ($40,833 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 21.4% ($34,963)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 37.5% ($46,392)
- Bachelor's degree: 26.1% ($53,583)
- Graduate or professional degree: 13.5% ($60,263)

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#45. El Paso County

- 38.5% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 5.8% ($25,339 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 20.4% ($31,241)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 35.3% ($36,493)
- Bachelor's degree: 23.6% ($51,047)
- Graduate or professional degree: 15% ($70,507)

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#44. Grand County

- 38% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 5.4%
- High school graduate: 26.8% ($32,917)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 29.8% ($39,863)
- Bachelor's degree: 26.9% ($38,492)
- Graduate or professional degree: 11.1% ($43,229)

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#43. Teller County

- 37.7% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 2.8% ($31,908 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 23.2% ($32,278)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 36.2% ($39,257)
- Bachelor's degree: 22.9% ($45,442)
- Graduate or professional degree: 14.8% ($52,872)

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#42. Archuleta County

- 37.2% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 7.7% ($32,364 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 21% ($20,792)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 34.1% ($26,807)
- Bachelor's degree: 25.8% ($30,960)
- Graduate or professional degree: 11.4% ($50,692)

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#41. Elbert County

- 35.8% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 3.3% ($29,583 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 24.1% ($39,846)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 36.7% ($54,430)
- Bachelor's degree: 24.4% ($76,901)
- Graduate or professional degree: 11.4% ($69,926)

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#40. San Juan County

- 35.7% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 6.1%
- High school graduate: 25.8% ($35,250)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 32.4% ($40,952)
- Bachelor's degree: 26.2% ($39,583)
- Graduate or professional degree: 9.5% ($75,625)

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#39. Chaffee County

- 33.8% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 6.5% ($25,288 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 27% ($31,331)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 32.7% ($31,399)
- Bachelor's degree: 19.6% ($35,799)
- Graduate or professional degree: 14.2% ($49,074)

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#38. Custer County

- 32.5% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 6.4% ($21,513 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 20.8% ($39,250)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 40.3% ($35,486)
- Bachelor's degree: 21.8% ($30,938)
- Graduate or professional degree: 10.8% ($55,033)

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#37. Lake County

- 32.3% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 16.3% ($30,283 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 25.8% ($29,800)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 25.7% ($26,534)
- Bachelor's degree: 23.6% ($39,927)
- Graduate or professional degree: 8.7% ($54,837)

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#36. Garfield County

- 31% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 11.9% ($37,653 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 27% ($40,090)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 30% ($37,606)
- Bachelor's degree: 20.7% ($45,184)
- Graduate or professional degree: 10.3% ($54,527)

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#35. Park County

- 29.8% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 2.3% ($28,384 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 30.9% ($30,511)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 37% ($41,280)
- Bachelor's degree: 21.4% ($57,829)
- Graduate or professional degree: 8.4% ($70,524)

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#34. Montezuma County

- 29.6% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 10% ($26,367 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 29.3% ($29,107)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 31.2% ($30,600)
- Bachelor's degree: 18.8% ($36,303)
- Graduate or professional degree: 10.8% ($46,194)

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#33. Mesa County

- 28.2% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 9.5% ($26,838 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 27.6% ($31,877)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 34.7% ($32,138)
- Bachelor's degree: 18.4% ($43,457)
- Graduate or professional degree: 9.8% ($55,337)

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#32. Weld County

- 27.5% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 11.9% ($30,821 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 27.3% ($38,531)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 33.2% ($41,514)
- Bachelor's degree: 18.6% ($53,917)
- Graduate or professional degree: 9% ($63,537)

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#31. Montrose County

- 25.2% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 11% ($25,295 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 31.4% ($34,147)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 32.4% ($31,335)
- Bachelor's degree: 17.8% ($39,877)
- Graduate or professional degree: 7.4% ($52,039)

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#30. Alamosa County

- 25% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 13.2% ($25,132 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 28.5% ($28,936)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 33.3% ($27,818)
- Bachelor's degree: 14.6% ($34,680)
- Graduate or professional degree: 10.5% ($57,072)

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#29. Rio Grande County

- 24.5% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 12.9% ($24,360 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 32.1% ($26,527)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 30.4% ($31,694)
- Bachelor's degree: 17.4% ($41,948)
- Graduate or professional degree: 7.1% ($55,556)

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#28. Adams County

- 24.3% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 16.2% ($29,584 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 28.6% ($36,185)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 30.9% ($41,242)
- Bachelor's degree: 16.5% ($54,333)
- Graduate or professional degree: 7.8% ($64,842)

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#27. Dolores County

- 24.1% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 6.1% ($23,036 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 36.2% ($35,139)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 33.5% ($30,357)
- Bachelor's degree: 13.5% ($34,286)
- Graduate or professional degree: 10.6% ($55,417)

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#26. Phillips County

- 23.8% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 11.5% ($30,982 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 33.1% ($40,852)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 31.6% ($39,492)
- Bachelor's degree: 16.6% ($39,188)
- Graduate or professional degree: 7.3% ($54,167)

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#25. Rio Blanco County

- 22.7% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 8.2%
- High school graduate: 31.5% ($43,614)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 37.6% ($36,763)
- Bachelor's degree: 16.5% ($31,544)
- Graduate or professional degree: 6.2% ($53,981)

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#24. Saguache County

- 22.1% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 17% ($24,563 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 30.5% ($27,247)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 30.4% ($25,186)
- Bachelor's degree: 15.1% ($37,083)
- Graduate or professional degree: 7% ($26,289)

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#23. Pueblo County

- 21.8% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 10.3% ($21,670 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 29.1% ($30,243)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 38.8% ($32,376)
- Bachelor's degree: 14.3% ($47,158)
- Graduate or professional degree: 7.4% ($56,202)

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#22. Yuma County

- 21.8% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 11.4% ($27,566 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 34.4% ($32,144)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 32.5% ($37,274)
- Bachelor's degree: 15.1% ($44,432)
- Graduate or professional degree: 6.7% ($42,467)

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#21. Delta County

- 21.7% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 9.3% ($23,827 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 38.3% ($28,958)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 30.7% ($28,866)
- Bachelor's degree: 13.7% ($37,604)
- Graduate or professional degree: 8% ($47,255)

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#20. Kiowa County

- 21.4% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 4.3% ($42,813 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 35.6% ($31,625)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 38.7% ($30,313)
- Bachelor's degree: 15.1% ($52,679)
- Graduate or professional degree: 6.3% ($38,125)

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#19. Baca County

- 21.4% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 13.7% ($21,298 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 28% ($24,904)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 36.9% ($26,157)
- Bachelor's degree: 15.5% ($36,094)
- Graduate or professional degree: 5.9% ($41,167)

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#18. Huerfano County

- 21.1% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 7.6% ($23,750 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 29.6% ($30,445)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 41.6% ($27,025)
- Bachelor's degree: 14.8% ($40,000)
- Graduate or professional degree: 6.4% ($42,222)

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#17. Conejos County

- 21% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 12% ($20,741 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 33.9% ($25,110)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 33.1% ($26,713)
- Bachelor's degree: 14.1% ($42,463)
- Graduate or professional degree: 6.9% ($45,385)

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#16. Logan County

- 20.2% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 10.4% ($21,476 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 33.7% ($30,210)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 35.6% ($38,259)
- Bachelor's degree: 13.9% ($44,301)
- Graduate or professional degree: 6.3% ($43,818)

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#15. Jackson County

- 20% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 12.6% ($22,431 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 28.1% ($30,966)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 39.2% ($25,875)
- Bachelor's degree: 17.2% ($53,007)
- Graduate or professional degree: 2.8% ($36,250)

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#14. Las Animas County

- 19.5% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 12.1% ($20,966 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 29.5% ($26,422)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 38.9% ($31,780)
- Bachelor's degree: 12.4% ($38,059)
- Graduate or professional degree: 7.2% ($53,611)

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#13. Sedgwick County

- 19.5% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 13.1% ($20,167 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 29.1% ($21,181)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 38.4% ($28,281)
- Bachelor's degree: 13.1% ($39,643)
- Graduate or professional degree: 6.4% ($54,167)

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#12. Costilla County

- 19.3% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 19.1% ($20,093 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 24.5% ($25,104)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 37.2% ($25,510)
- Bachelor's degree: 10.8% ($45,714)
- Graduate or professional degree: 8.5% ($55,625)

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#11. Cheyenne County

- 19.2% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 8.4% ($28,594 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 36.8% ($44,408)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 35.7% ($35,250)
- Bachelor's degree: 16.7% ($46,563)
- Graduate or professional degree: 2.5% ($44,091)

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#10. Kit Carson County

- 18.7% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 10.4% ($37,525 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 37.6% ($30,677)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 33.1% ($32,221)
- Bachelor's degree: 11.8% ($40,479)
- Graduate or professional degree: 6.9% ($36,544)

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#9. Otero County

- 18.6% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 12.8% ($19,948 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 31.9% ($30,579)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 36.7% ($27,110)
- Bachelor's degree: 12% ($38,861)
- Graduate or professional degree: 6.6% ($54,306)

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#8. Fremont County

- 18.5% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 9.9% ($24,067 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 39.3% ($27,281)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 32.3% ($34,216)
- Bachelor's degree: 11.1% ($35,462)
- Graduate or professional degree: 7.4% ($47,876)

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#7. Prowers County

- 18.3% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 19.5% ($28,177 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 26.1% ($26,138)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 36.1% ($30,789)
- Bachelor's degree: 11.8% ($42,734)
- Graduate or professional degree: 6.6% ($46,029)

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#6. Moffat County

- 17.6% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 11.3% ($28,664 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 38.8% ($35,313)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 32.4% ($38,380)
- Bachelor's degree: 11.1% ($45,213)
- Graduate or professional degree: 6.5% ($53,050)

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#5. Morgan County

- 17.5% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 21.1% ($33,258 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 31.3% ($32,062)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 30.2% ($34,963)
- Bachelor's degree: 11% ($42,452)
- Graduate or professional degree: 6.5% ($42,935)

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#4. Washington County

- 15.4% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 8.1% ($29,306 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 34.5% ($31,538)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 42% ($31,845)
- Bachelor's degree: 10.5% ($41,250)
- Graduate or professional degree: 4.9% ($42,679)

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#3. Lincoln County

- 12.6% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 9.1%
- High school graduate: 54.5% ($21,324)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 23.8% ($31,585)
- Bachelor's degree: 8.7% ($44,265)
- Graduate or professional degree: 3.9% ($62,560)

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#2. Bent County

- 11.4% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 15.3%
- High school graduate: 48.7% ($26,114)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 24.7% ($27,105)
- Bachelor's degree: 8.4% ($42,986)
- Graduate or professional degree: 3% ($37,266)

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#1. Crowley County

- 9% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 13.9% ($30,762 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 42.6% ($21,620)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 34.5% ($24,734)
- Bachelor's degree: 7.2%
- Graduate or professional degree: 1.9% ($110,536)

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