Counties with the most college graduates in Georgia

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

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 Georgia 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. Lowndes County

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

- Less than high school diploma: 11.7% ($20,733 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 32.7% ($30,673)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 29.4% ($34,398)
- Bachelor's degree: 15.9% ($44,966)
- Graduate or professional degree: 10.3% ($59,766)

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#29. Monroe County

- 26.6% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 13.2% ($26,559 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 33.9% ($27,638)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 26.3% ($39,845)
- Bachelor's degree: 13.2% ($51,573)
- Graduate or professional degree: 13.4% ($65,986)

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#28. Chattahoochee County

- 27.0% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 5.8% ($49,073 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 30.9% ($23,837)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 36.3% ($29,434)
- Bachelor's degree: 18.0% ($46,667)
- Graduate or professional degree: 8.9% ($78,917)

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#27. Lee County

- 27.1% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 7.8% ($28,636 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 29.3% ($33,292)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 35.7% ($41,479)
- Bachelor's degree: 15.5% ($52,943)
- Graduate or professional degree: 11.7% ($58,912)

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#26. Rockdale County

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

- Less than high school diploma: 10.7% ($24,745 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 30.0% ($30,432)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 32.1% ($34,830)
- Bachelor's degree: 17.4% ($55,055)
- Graduate or professional degree: 9.8% ($63,004)

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#25. Muscogee County

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

- Less than high school diploma: 11.9% ($22,423 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 26.5% ($26,938)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 34.2% ($32,668)
- Bachelor's degree: 16.4% ($48,131)
- Graduate or professional degree: 11.1% ($61,536)

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#24. Bulloch County

- 27.6% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 11.8% ($21,171 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 28.6% ($31,062)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 31.9% ($30,812)
- Bachelor's degree: 15.7% ($41,431)
- Graduate or professional degree: 11.9% ($55,157)

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#23. Henry County

- 28.1% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 8.2% ($28,750 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 31.3% ($35,234)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 32.4% ($41,592)
- Bachelor's degree: 17.6% ($50,716)
- Graduate or professional degree: 10.5% ($66,205)

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#22. Douglas County

- 28.1% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 12.3% ($30,224 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 29.9% ($32,282)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 29.7% ($39,567)
- Bachelor's degree: 17.8% ($50,127)
- Graduate or professional degree: 10.3% ($63,125)

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#21. Rabun County

- 28.4% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 15.0% ($17,188 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 29.3% ($27,164)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 27.3% ($31,439)
- Bachelor's degree: 13.9% ($45,375)
- Graduate or professional degree: 14.5% ($32,500)

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#20. Glynn County

- 29.7% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 11.4% ($21,294 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 26.9% ($28,903)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 32.0% ($35,755)
- Bachelor's degree: 18.2% ($50,577)
- Graduate or professional degree: 11.4% ($60,505)

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#19. Greene County

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

- Less than high school diploma: 13.0% ($21,641 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 30.8% ($29,944)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 25.6% ($30,116)
- Bachelor's degree: 18.7% ($72,969)
- Graduate or professional degree: 11.8% ($60,000)

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#18. Houston County

- 31.0% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 7.4% ($27,354 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 26.8% ($31,765)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 34.7% ($37,243)
- Bachelor's degree: 17.7% ($60,166)
- Graduate or professional degree: 13.2% ($69,743)

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#17. Lumpkin County

- 31.4% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 14.0% ($33,908 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 28.2% ($35,198)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 26.4% ($36,724)
- Bachelor's degree: 18.6% ($32,309)
- Graduate or professional degree: 12.9% ($48,188)

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#16. Harris County

- 32.4% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 6.4% ($22,976 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 25.9% ($34,064)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 35.4% ($43,924)
- Bachelor's degree: 18.7% ($62,129)
- Graduate or professional degree: 13.8% ($75,053)

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#15. Towns County

- 32.6% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 8.3% ($25,294 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 27.6% ($26,477)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 31.5% ($31,250)
- Bachelor's degree: 18.0% ($44,205)
- Graduate or professional degree: 14.6% ($54,313)

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#14. Bryan County

- 33.0% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 7.2% ($30,469 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 25.9% ($36,031)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 33.9% ($45,619)
- Bachelor's degree: 20.9% ($53,866)
- Graduate or professional degree: 12.0% ($77,264)

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#13. Coweta County

- 33.3% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 9.6% ($27,451 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 27.3% ($35,796)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 29.9% ($43,205)
- Bachelor's degree: 22.4% ($59,139)
- Graduate or professional degree: 10.8% ($70,587)

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#12. Dawson County

- 33.6% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 11.7% ($30,310 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 26.3% ($37,248)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 28.3% ($36,884)
- Bachelor's degree: 21.9% ($54,182)
- Graduate or professional degree: 11.7% ($58,131)

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#11. Chatham County

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

- Less than high school diploma: 9.9% ($21,822 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 24.1% ($29,314)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 31.6% ($32,993)
- Bachelor's degree: 20.8% ($46,744)
- Graduate or professional degree: 13.6% ($60,684)

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#10. Columbia County

- 36.5% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 7.0% ($25,862 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 24.3% ($34,799)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 32.2% ($41,953)
- Bachelor's degree: 21.9% ($60,305)
- Graduate or professional degree: 14.6% ($73,570)

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#9. Cherokee County

- 36.9% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 7.9% ($28,501 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 23.4% ($34,900)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 31.8% ($44,023)
- Bachelor's degree: 26.0% ($67,036)
- Graduate or professional degree: 10.9% ($70,659)

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#8. Gwinnett County

- 37.4% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 12.1% ($27,216 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 22.6% ($31,914)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 28.0% ($40,255)
- Bachelor's degree: 24.3% ($54,984)
- Graduate or professional degree: 13.1% ($65,892)

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#7. Clarke County

- 45.4% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 10.5% ($22,379 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 19.9% ($24,638)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 24.2% ($28,795)
- Bachelor's degree: 22.4% ($38,999)
- Graduate or professional degree: 23.0% ($51,116)

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#6. DeKalb County

- 45.6% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 9.7% ($21,729 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 20.6% ($28,436)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 24.1% ($34,117)
- Bachelor's degree: 25.9% ($55,551)
- Graduate or professional degree: 19.7% ($75,939)

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#5. Fayette County

- 46.8% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 4.5% ($27,050 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 21.2% ($34,903)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 27.6% ($47,702)
- Bachelor's degree: 28.2% ($64,978)
- Graduate or professional degree: 18.5% ($80,298)

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#4. Cobb County

- 48.4% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 7.4% ($25,780 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 18.4% ($32,768)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 25.8% ($39,405)
- Bachelor's degree: 30.8% ($61,567)
- Graduate or professional degree: 17.6% ($79,411)

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#3. Oconee County

- 50.6% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 5.1% ($38,164 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 19.6% ($32,830)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 24.7% ($40,898)
- Bachelor's degree: 24.0% ($54,479)
- Graduate or professional degree: 26.6% ($68,402)

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#2. Fulton County

- 54.5% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 6.9% ($21,976 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 17.3% ($28,750)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 21.3% ($35,922)
- Bachelor's degree: 32.1% ($64,313)
- Graduate or professional degree: 22.4% ($83,437)

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#1. Forsyth County

- 54.8% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 6.6% ($23,449 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 15.3% ($35,624)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 23.2% ($49,350)
- Bachelor's degree: 35.5% ($80,248)
- Graduate or professional degree: 19.3% ($90,483)

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