Counties with the most college graduates in Florida

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

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 Florida 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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#30. Volusia County

- 24.4% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 9.2% ($25,862 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 31.5% ($30,641)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 34.8% ($33,042)
- Bachelor's degree: 16.1% ($45,818)
- Graduate or professional degree: 8.3% ($54,719)

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#29. Bay County

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

- Less than high school diploma: 9.1% ($21,600 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 29.5% ($30,339)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 37.0% ($33,304)
- Bachelor's degree: 15.8% ($44,702)
- Graduate or professional degree: 8.7% ($59,513)

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#28. Pasco County

- 24.6% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 10.1% ($21,870 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 34.0% ($30,754)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 31.3% ($37,360)
- Bachelor's degree: 16.3% ($51,396)
- Graduate or professional degree: 8.3% ($66,213)

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#27. Flagler County

- 25.6% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 8.5% ($22,579 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 32.6% ($29,266)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 33.3% ($34,632)
- Bachelor's degree: 16.3% ($44,722)
- Graduate or professional degree: 9.3% ($46,898)

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#26. Clay County

- 26.2% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 7.9% ($26,478 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 29.7% ($33,894)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 36.2% ($38,564)
- Bachelor's degree: 17.7% ($50,610)
- Graduate or professional degree: 8.4% ($62,627)

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#25. Escambia County

- 27.2% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 9.6% ($21,081 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 26.8% ($26,999)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 36.3% ($33,755)
- Bachelor's degree: 17.3% ($45,443)
- Graduate or professional degree: 9.9% ($59,389)

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#24. Santa Rosa County

- 27.3% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 8.5% ($21,898 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 27.2% ($30,219)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 37.1% ($38,383)
- Bachelor's degree: 17.5% ($50,522)
- Graduate or professional degree: 9.8% ($71,676)

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#23. Lee County

- 28.5% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 10.7% ($24,902 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 31.2% ($30,494)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 29.6% ($33,714)
- Bachelor's degree: 17.4% ($46,548)
- Graduate or professional degree: 11.0% ($58,283)

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#22. Walton County

- 30.0% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 10.7% ($26,463 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 28.9% ($31,450)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 30.4% ($35,193)
- Bachelor's degree: 19.9% ($50,606)
- Graduate or professional degree: 10.2% ($69,574)

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#21. Manatee County

- 30.2% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 10.6% ($26,684 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 29.9% ($28,460)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 29.3% ($36,492)
- Bachelor's degree: 18.5% ($48,355)
- Graduate or professional degree: 11.7% ($56,763)

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#20. Nassau County

- 30.5% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 8.9% ($31,416 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 31.9% ($35,141)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 28.8% ($38,797)
- Bachelor's degree: 19.1% ($46,037)
- Graduate or professional degree: 11.3% ($73,898)

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#19. Indian River County

- 30.6% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 9.9% ($23,834 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 28.8% ($29,058)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 30.7% ($30,554)
- Bachelor's degree: 18.5% ($47,694)
- Graduate or professional degree: 12.1% ($64,564)

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#18. Miami-Dade County

- 30.7% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 18.2% ($22,155 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 26.8% ($26,471)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 24.4% ($33,029)
- Bachelor's degree: 19.3% ($43,732)
- Graduate or professional degree: 11.3% ($63,244)

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#17. Duval County

- 30.7% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 9.9% ($23,916 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 28.1% ($30,854)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 31.3% ($35,836)
- Bachelor's degree: 20.6% ($50,580)
- Graduate or professional degree: 10.1% ($66,123)

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#16. Brevard County

- 30.9% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 7.8% ($25,620 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 26.7% ($28,220)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 34.6% ($34,225)
- Bachelor's degree: 19.3% ($50,666)
- Graduate or professional degree: 11.6% ($72,798)

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#15. Sumter County

- 32.0% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 7.8% ($21,371 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 30.5% ($22,467)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 29.7% ($25,545)
- Bachelor's degree: 18.1% ($34,478)
- Graduate or professional degree: 14.0% ($23,811)

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#14. Okaloosa County

- 32.2% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 7.4% ($18,170 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 25.1% ($27,324)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 35.3% ($36,752)
- Bachelor's degree: 19.9% ($46,277)
- Graduate or professional degree: 12.3% ($72,180)

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#13. Pinellas County

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

- Less than high school diploma: 8.4% ($24,464 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 27.2% ($30,324)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 31.9% ($36,163)
- Bachelor's degree: 21.0% ($51,016)
- Graduate or professional degree: 11.5% ($63,184)

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#12. Broward County

- 33.1% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 10.6% ($22,461 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 27.0% ($30,203)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 29.2% ($35,998)
- Bachelor's degree: 20.6% ($48,610)
- Graduate or professional degree: 12.5% ($65,698)

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#11. Martin County

- 33.5% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 8.6% ($23,683 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 25.6% ($26,830)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 32.4% ($34,992)
- Bachelor's degree: 21.2% ($52,541)
- Graduate or professional degree: 12.3% ($75,548)

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#10. Hillsborough County

- 34.5% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 11.1% ($22,239 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 27.1% ($29,697)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 27.3% ($37,177)
- Bachelor's degree: 22.0% ($52,499)
- Graduate or professional degree: 12.5% ($71,857)

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#9. Monroe County

- 35.3% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 8.1% ($25,956 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 27.6% ($33,528)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 29.0% ($40,570)
- Bachelor's degree: 22.0% ($50,246)
- Graduate or professional degree: 13.2% ($54,933)

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#8. Orange County

- 35.4% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 11.3% ($22,722 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 24.1% ($27,073)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 29.1% ($32,330)
- Bachelor's degree: 23.1% ($48,366)
- Graduate or professional degree: 12.4% ($62,298)

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#7. Collier County

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

- Less than high school diploma: 11.8% ($22,079 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 26.2% ($28,869)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 26.1% ($38,421)
- Bachelor's degree: 21.4% ($51,590)
- Graduate or professional degree: 14.5% ($71,928)

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#6. Sarasota County

- 36.4% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 6.8% ($22,280 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 27.7% ($31,305)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 29.1% ($34,529)
- Bachelor's degree: 20.7% ($47,397)
- Graduate or professional degree: 15.7% ($59,847)

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#5. Palm Beach County

- 37.1% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 11.2% ($22,476 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 24.0% ($29,080)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 27.7% ($36,383)
- Bachelor's degree: 22.7% ($52,185)
- Graduate or professional degree: 14.4% ($66,297)

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#4. Seminole County

- 41.0% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 5.6% ($25,399 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 20.5% ($31,843)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 32.9% ($35,939)
- Bachelor's degree: 27.1% ($52,493)
- Graduate or professional degree: 14.0% ($67,423)

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#3. Alachua County

- 44.1% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 7.2% ($21,110 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 20.2% ($27,266)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 28.5% ($33,067)
- Bachelor's degree: 22.8% ($43,649)
- Graduate or professional degree: 21.3% ($58,859)

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#2. St. Johns County

- 44.5% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 5.2% ($26,508 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 21.9% ($31,526)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 28.4% ($42,415)
- Bachelor's degree: 27.5% ($64,310)
- Graduate or professional degree: 16.9% ($76,747)

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#1. Leon County

- 46.6% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 6.6% ($22,007 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 19.1% ($28,041)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 27.7% ($32,511)
- Bachelor's degree: 26.5% ($47,817)
- Graduate or professional degree: 20.1% ($57,318)

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