Counties with the most college graduates in North Dakota

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September 18, 2021
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Counties with the most college graduates in North Dakota

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 North Dakota 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.

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

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#30. Richland County

- 21.3% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 9.3% ($30,236 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 27.1% ($35,494)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 42.3% ($38,908)
- Bachelor's degree: 16% ($51,748)
- Graduate or professional degree: 5.3% ($63,214)
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#29. McHenry County

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

- Less than high school diploma: 9.3% ($35,179 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 33.6% ($36,875)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 35.7% ($43,894)
- Bachelor's degree: 17.8% ($49,777)
- Graduate or professional degree: 3.6% ($65,250)
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#28. Mercer County

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

- Less than high school diploma: 8.6% ($41,083 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 27% ($41,173)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 42.7% ($51,375)
- Bachelor's degree: 15.2% ($45,156)
- Graduate or professional degree: 6.5% ($53,407)
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#27. Wells County

- 22.2% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 13% ($45,156 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 32.9% ($41,688)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 31.9% ($39,423)
- Bachelor's degree: 19.1% ($44,306)
- Graduate or professional degree: 3% ($52,917)
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#26. Stark County

- 22.4% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 9.5% ($45,938 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 32.1% ($41,904)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 35.9% ($50,714)
- Bachelor's degree: 16.6% ($50,857)
- Graduate or professional degree: 5.9% ($71,823)
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#25. Burke County

- 22.8% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 7.4% ($54,063 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 27.8% ($50,188)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 42.1% ($48,929)
- Bachelor's degree: 19% ($47,750)
- Graduate or professional degree: 3.7% ($56,375)
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#24. Williams County

- 23.6% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 9.5% ($34,260 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 27.1% ($47,438)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 39.8% ($60,842)
- Bachelor's degree: 18.4% ($51,157)
- Graduate or professional degree: 5.2% ($66,458)
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#23. Stutsman County

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

- Less than high school diploma: 9.1% ($30,147 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 33.8% ($35,912)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 33.4% ($37,962)
- Bachelor's degree: 18.4% ($45,616)
- Graduate or professional degree: 5.3% ($64,955)
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#22. Bottineau County

- 24% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 8.3% ($29,688 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 27.8% ($32,288)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 39.9% ($42,045)
- Bachelor's degree: 19.5% ($41,167)
- Graduate or professional degree: 4.5% ($55,250)
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#21. Bowman County

- 24.2% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 11% ($43,083 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 34.6% ($31,771)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 30.2% ($42,150)
- Bachelor's degree: 18.9% ($46,364)
- Graduate or professional degree: 5.4% ($58,281)
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#20. LaMoure County

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

- Less than high school diploma: 13.8% ($28,667 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 28.9% ($31,125)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 32.7% ($36,364)
- Bachelor's degree: 18.5% ($47,857)
- Graduate or professional degree: 6.1% ($62,619)
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#19. Nelson County

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

- Less than high school diploma: 8.2% ($14,091 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 29.2% ($32,310)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 37.6% ($36,250)
- Bachelor's degree: 19.4% ($44,917)
- Graduate or professional degree: 5.5% ($46,094)
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#18. Adams County

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

- Less than high school diploma: 5.4% ($42,813 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 34.3% ($33,500)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 34.6% ($39,803)
- Bachelor's degree: 15.2% ($36,406)
- Graduate or professional degree: 10.4% ($69,125)
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#17. McKenzie County

- 25.8% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 9.3% ($34,250 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 28.4% ($45,014)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 36.6% ($42,703)
- Bachelor's degree: 19.8% ($60,417)
- Graduate or professional degree: 6% ($53,314)
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#16. Griggs County

- 25.8% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 10.7% ($50,163 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 33.4% ($30,030)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 30.1% ($38,047)
- Bachelor's degree: 19.7% ($49,034)
- Graduate or professional degree: 6.1% ($37,188)
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#15. Slope County

- 25.9% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 9.9%
- High school graduate: 28.5% ($27,375)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 35.7% ($48,750)
- Bachelor's degree: 20.8% ($43,000)
- Graduate or professional degree: 5.1% ($45,000)
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#14. Eddy County

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

- Less than high school diploma: 10.5%
- High school graduate: 29.3% ($38,125)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 34% ($36,953)
- Bachelor's degree: 18.6% ($50,000)
- Graduate or professional degree: 7.7% ($45,313)
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#13. Billings County

- 26.3% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 10.5% ($38,984 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 33% ($30,417)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 30.2% ($42,292)
- Bachelor's degree: 17.6% ($42,045)
- Graduate or professional degree: 8.8%
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#12. Ramsey County

- 26.4% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 8.1% ($24,523 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 28.8% ($33,750)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 36.8% ($37,014)
- Bachelor's degree: 19.2% ($50,742)
- Graduate or professional degree: 7.2% ($54,044)
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#11. Foster County

- 26.7% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 9.7% ($14,904 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 26% ($33,229)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 37.7% ($49,194)
- Bachelor's degree: 21.2% ($48,226)
- Graduate or professional degree: 5.6% ($47,946)
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#10. Golden Valley County

- 26.9% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 7.2%
- High school graduate: 25.3% ($37,361)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 40.7% ($38,750)
- Bachelor's degree: 22.7% ($41,250)
- Graduate or professional degree: 4.2% ($50,694)
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#9. Morton County

- 26.9% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 8.1% ($27,398 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 29.4% ($36,992)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 35.6% ($42,818)
- Bachelor's degree: 20% ($54,341)
- Graduate or professional degree: 6.9% ($65,778)
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#8. Dickey County

- 28.8% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 8.6% ($35,000 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 27.8% ($36,369)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 34.8% ($39,766)
- Bachelor's degree: 21.7% ($51,719)
- Graduate or professional degree: 7.1% ($69,792)
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#7. Traill County

- 28.9% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 6.6% ($31,406 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 26% ($36,271)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 38.5% ($44,320)
- Bachelor's degree: 21.2% ($51,964)
- Graduate or professional degree: 7.8% ($56,200)
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#6. Ward County

- 29.3% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 6.3% ($28,926 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 30% ($37,218)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 34.5% ($43,794)
- Bachelor's degree: 21.4% ($51,687)
- Graduate or professional degree: 7.9% ($73,826)
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#5. Barnes County

- 29.4% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 7.7% ($21,556 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 31.5% ($34,449)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 31.4% ($41,394)
- Bachelor's degree: 21% ($38,648)
- Graduate or professional degree: 8.4% ($46,518)
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#4. Steele County

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

- Less than high school diploma: 3.7% ($10,521 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 25.3% ($42,750)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 40.1% ($40,625)
- Bachelor's degree: 27.5% ($56,563)
- Graduate or professional degree: 3.5% ($71,042)
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#3. Grand Forks County

- 35.6% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 4.9% ($31,554 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 22.2% ($36,341)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 37.3% ($39,045)
- Bachelor's degree: 22.9% ($50,530)
- Graduate or professional degree: 12.7% ($62,278)
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#2. Burleigh County

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

- Less than high school diploma: 5.7% ($34,643 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 22.7% ($36,919)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 35.8% ($43,593)
- Bachelor's degree: 25.9% ($54,058)
- Graduate or professional degree: 9.8% ($70,610)
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#1. Cass County

- 40.2% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 5.2% ($23,281 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 20.1% ($31,713)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 34.5% ($39,733)
- Bachelor's degree: 28.4% ($51,860)
- Graduate or professional degree: 11.8% ($69,756)

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