Counties with the most college graduates in Connecticut

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July 2, 2022
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Counties with the most college graduates in Connecticut

The American philosopher and psychologist John Dewey once said, “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” Dewey advocated for an educational paradigm called pragmatism, which stresses the importance of learning academic concepts by experiencing them firsthand, instead of through lecture and repetition in a classroom.

While the philosophy is used by many educators (especially those working in fields where the value of work experience exceeds the value placed on an academic background), many people take great pride in their formal educational credentials because of the valuable skills such educations provided and because of the immense amount of work that goes into earning a degree.

Stacker compiled a list of counties with the most college graduates in Connecticut using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by the highest percent of the population 25 years and over that has a Bachelor’s degree or higher using 2020 5-year estimates.

Keep reading to see which counties in your state have the most college graduates.

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#8. Windham County

- 23.7% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 10.9% ($28,076 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 35.2% ($40,223)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 30.3% ($41,532)
- Bachelor's degree: 13.9% ($57,486)
- Graduate or professional degree: 9.8% ($64,103)

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#7. New London County

- 34.4% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 7.2% ($24,728 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 28.5% ($37,267)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 30.0% ($41,706)
- Bachelor's degree: 18.5% ($58,108)
- Graduate or professional degree: 15.8% ($84,240)

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#6. Litchfield County

- 35.9% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 6.2% ($28,760 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 29.8% ($41,305)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 28.2% ($42,447)
- Bachelor's degree: 21.4% ($56,408)
- Graduate or professional degree: 14.5% ($74,015)

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#5. New Haven County

- 36.0% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 9.7% ($27,172 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 30.1% ($37,119)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 24.3% ($42,168)
- Bachelor's degree: 19.0% ($61,731)
- Graduate or professional degree: 17.0% ($79,213)

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#4. Hartford County

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

- Less than high school diploma: 10.0% ($25,526 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 26.2% ($36,688)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 25.3% ($43,651)
- Bachelor's degree: 21.8% ($66,782)
- Graduate or professional degree: 16.8% ($84,091)

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#3. Tolland County

- 42.4% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 5.2% ($31,393 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 26.5% ($44,884)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 25.9% ($51,695)
- Bachelor's degree: 23.9% ($70,373)
- Graduate or professional degree: 18.5% ($84,637)

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#2. Middlesex County

- 42.7% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 5.3% ($26,834 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 25.0% ($40,707)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 27.0% ($47,848)
- Bachelor's degree: 24.2% ($68,069)
- Graduate or professional degree: 18.5% ($84,511)

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#1. Fairfield County

- 48.9% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 9.8% ($24,701 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 20.8% ($34,807)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 20.5% ($43,152)
- Bachelor's degree: 27.1% ($74,575)
- Graduate or professional degree: 21.8% ($100,278)

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