Counties with the most college graduates in Texas

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September 18, 2021
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Counties with the most college graduates in Texas

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 Texas 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. Midland County

- 27.4% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 15.5% ($28,076 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 25.7% ($40,095)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 31.4% ($47,679)
- Bachelor's degree: 19.6% ($61,801)
- Graduate or professional degree: 7.8% ($81,373)
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#29. Mason County

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

- Less than high school diploma: 12.3%
- High school graduate: 26.7% ($30,026)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 33.4% ($30,510)
- Bachelor's degree: 20% ($33,750)
- Graduate or professional degree: 7.6% ($44,531)
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#28. Bexar County

- 28% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 15.8% ($21,932 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 25.4% ($28,698)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 30.8% ($34,663)
- Bachelor's degree: 17.8% ($53,029)
- Graduate or professional degree: 10.3% ($66,917)
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#27. Guadalupe County

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

- Less than high school diploma: 11.3% ($25,096 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 30.5% ($32,192)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 30.1% ($41,931)
- Bachelor's degree: 18.1% ($55,723)
- Graduate or professional degree: 10% ($68,269)
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#26. Carson County

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

- Less than high school diploma: 6.7% ($24,485 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 32% ($39,279)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 32.9% ($40,759)
- Bachelor's degree: 19.9% ($56,777)
- Graduate or professional degree: 8.6% ($75,375)
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#25. McMullen County

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

- Less than high school diploma: 7.2% ($32,375 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 32.7% ($46,000)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 31.3% ($33,542)
- Bachelor's degree: 15.5% ($25,446)
- Graduate or professional degree: 13.3% ($83,375)
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#24. Brazoria County

- 30% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 12.1% ($29,094 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 25.5% ($37,909)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 32.3% ($50,956)
- Bachelor's degree: 19.6% ($64,860)
- Graduate or professional degree: 10.4% ($84,065)
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#23. Lubbock County

- 30.1% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 13.8% ($22,039 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 25.6% ($30,107)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 30.4% ($33,585)
- Bachelor's degree: 18.9% ($49,550)
- Graduate or professional degree: 11.3% ($60,849)
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#22. Shackelford County

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

- Less than high school diploma: 13.6% ($12,448 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 21.8% ($26,923)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 34.1% ($30,790)
- Bachelor's degree: 22.4% ($42,500)
- Graduate or professional degree: 8.1% ($31,313)
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#21. Jeff Davis County

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

- Less than high school diploma: 21.1% ($23,125 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 20.1%
- Some college or Associate's degree: 28.2% ($26,346)
- Bachelor's degree: 10.8% ($45,417)
- Graduate or professional degree: 19.7% ($37,583)
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#20. Galveston County

- 31.1% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 11% ($24,332 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 24.9% ($32,538)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 33% ($43,770)
- Bachelor's degree: 20.5% ($64,415)
- Graduate or professional degree: 10.7% ($74,436)
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#19. Erath County

- 31.5% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 11.7% ($26,169 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 26.3% ($31,635)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 30.5% ($30,874)
- Bachelor's degree: 22.2% ($50,041)
- Graduate or professional degree: 9.2% ($56,424)
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#18. Harris County

- 31.5% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 18.6% ($24,083 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 23.4% ($30,429)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 26.5% ($37,976)
- Bachelor's degree: 20.1% ($60,186)
- Graduate or professional degree: 11.4% ($77,234)
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#17. Dallas County

- 31.5% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 20.6% ($25,566 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 22.6% ($29,624)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 25.3% ($37,631)
- Bachelor's degree: 19.9% ($58,661)
- Graduate or professional degree: 11.5% ($76,327)
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#16. Gillespie County

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

- Less than high school diploma: 11% ($23,150 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 29.9% ($27,174)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 26.9% ($31,000)
- Bachelor's degree: 23.1% ($45,102)
- Graduate or professional degree: 9.1% ($51,763)
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#15. Tarrant County

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

- Less than high school diploma: 13.9% ($26,536 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 24% ($32,329)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 29.9% ($40,695)
- Bachelor's degree: 21.7% ($57,809)
- Graduate or professional degree: 10.6% ($75,747)
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#14. Randall County

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

- Less than high school diploma: 7.7% ($26,800 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 22.8% ($35,950)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 37.1% ($39,661)
- Bachelor's degree: 22.5% ($51,871)
- Graduate or professional degree: 9.9% ($66,892)
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#13. Montgomery County

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

- Less than high school diploma: 12.3% ($26,242 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 22.8% ($36,134)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 30.3% ($45,678)
- Bachelor's degree: 23% ($64,953)
- Graduate or professional degree: 11.5% ($80,687)
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#12. Comal County

- 36.8% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 7.4% ($25,335 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 25% ($33,069)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 30.8% ($43,556)
- Bachelor's degree: 24.2% ($57,540)
- Graduate or professional degree: 12.6% ($70,584)
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#11. Hays County

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

- Less than high school diploma: 9.9% ($27,278 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 23.3% ($34,966)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 29.5% ($38,924)
- Bachelor's degree: 24.4% ($54,468)
- Graduate or professional degree: 12.8% ($60,347)
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#10. Borden County

- 39.5% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 5.3%
- High school graduate: 20.1% ($31,786)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 35.1% ($45,750)
- Bachelor's degree: 27% ($81,250)
- Graduate or professional degree: 12.4% ($47,750)
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#9. Brewster County

- 40% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 14.4% ($26,842 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 21.3% ($25,442)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 24.4% ($34,800)
- Bachelor's degree: 26.7% ($39,955)
- Graduate or professional degree: 13.2% ($52,014)
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#8. Rockwall County

- 40.7% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 7.3% ($27,126 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 18.7% ($45,924)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 33.3% ($51,841)
- Bachelor's degree: 25.7% ($64,428)
- Graduate or professional degree: 15% ($83,893)
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#7. Williamson County

- 41.3% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 6.7% ($27,742 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 20.5% ($33,572)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 31.5% ($43,337)
- Bachelor's degree: 27.4% ($60,032)
- Graduate or professional degree: 13.9% ($79,160)
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#6. Brazos County

- 41.7% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 12.8% ($24,294 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 19.2% ($30,375)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 26.3% ($33,283)
- Bachelor's degree: 22.3% ($47,087)
- Graduate or professional degree: 19.4% ($61,275)
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#5. Kendall County

- 42.1% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 7.2% ($28,542 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 20.6% ($27,807)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 30% ($37,042)
- Bachelor's degree: 27% ($69,014)
- Graduate or professional degree: 15.1% ($74,571)
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#4. Denton County

- 45.1% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 7.5% ($26,592 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 17.8% ($34,841)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 29.6% ($44,719)
- Bachelor's degree: 30.3% ($63,335)
- Graduate or professional degree: 14.8% ($80,437)
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#3. Fort Bend County

- 46.2% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 9.4% ($28,649 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 17.9% ($31,503)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 26.5% ($42,687)
- Bachelor's degree: 28.1% ($67,301)
- Graduate or professional degree: 18.1% ($92,517)
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#2. Travis County

- 50% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 10.6% ($24,767 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 16.5% ($30,603)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 22.9% ($39,873)
- Bachelor's degree: 31.7% ($57,053)
- Graduate or professional degree: 18.3% ($77,664)
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#1. Collin County

- 52.3% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 6.2% ($25,071 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 15% ($33,073)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 26.4% ($47,425)
- Bachelor's degree: 33.2% ($69,679)
- Graduate or professional degree: 19.1% ($90,732)

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