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Young Michiganders are more educated than ever before

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Jeff Fuentes Gleghorn

Young people in Michigan are more likely to graduate from high school, get their GED, and graduate from college than ever before. In 2000, only 83 percent of people over the age of 25 had completed high school or their GED. 20 years later, that number has risen to 91 percent. This year is the first time that Michigan has had over 90 percent of its residents graduate from high school. The Great Lakes State is doing slightly better than the United States, which has an overall 88 percent graduation rate, up from 80 percent in 2000.

Macomb County lags slightly behind in high school graduation with 90 percent of residents completing high school or its equivalent. The gap grows larger in college education, with 25 percent of residents having a college degree compared to the 29 percent across Michigan.