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Black High School Graduation Rates by State 2022

Black High School Graduation Rates by State 2022

Black high school graduation rates are studied for a variety of reasons. That there are racial disparities in high school graduation rates for African Americans is significant for planners and educators, so that they can work to improve those issues. In America, graduation rates for African Americans range from 78.92 percent to 95.83 percent.

The graduation rates for African Americans by the state, from highest to lowest, are as follows:

<a href='/states/hawaii-population'>Hawaii</a>: 95.83 %
<a href='/states/alaska-population'>Alaska</a>: 94.84%
<a href='/states/wyoming-population'>Wyoming</a>: 92.61%
<a href='/states/new-mexico-population'>New Mexico</a>: 90.37%
<a href='/states/idaho-population'>Idaho</a>: 90.32%
<a href='/states/maryland-population'>Maryland</a>: 90.23%
<a href='/states/colorado-population'>Colorado</a>: 90.21%
<a href='/states/washington-population'>Washington</a>: 89.82%
<a href='/states/california-population'>California</a>: 89.78%
<a href='/states/texas-population'>Texas</a>: 89.77%
<a href='/states/arizona-population'>Arizona</a>: 89.71%
<a href='/states/west-virginia-population'>West Virginia</a>: 89.65%
<a href='/states/nevada-population'>Nevada</a>: 89.55%
<a href='/states/montana-population'>Montana</a>: 89.35%
<a href='/states/delaware-population'>Delaware</a>: 89.27%
<a href='/states/oklahoma-population'>Oklahoma</a>: 89.09%
<a href='/states/vermont-population'>Vermont</a>: 88.86%
<a href='/states/new-jersey-population'>New Jersey</a>: 88.17%
<a href='/states/oregon-population'>Oregon</a>: 87.99%
<a href='/states/kansas-population'>Kansas</a>: 87.67%
<a href='/states/utah-population'>Utah</a>: 87.53%
<a href='/countries/georgia-population'>Georgia</a>: 86.67
<a href='/states/north-dakota-population'>North Dakota</a>: 86.65%
<a href='/states/nebraska-population'>Nebraska</a>: 86.62%
<a href='/states/connecticut-population'>Connecticut</a>: 86.59%
<a href='/states/illinois-population'>Illinois</a>: 86.52%
<a href='/states/new-hampshire-population'>New Hampshire</a>: 86.39%
<a href='/states/missouri-population'>Missouri</a>: 86.37%
<a href='/states/pennsylvania-population'>Pennsylvania</a>: 86.35%
<a href='/states/kentucky-population'>Kentucky</a>: 86.21%
<a href='/states/michigan-population'>Michigan</a>: 86.14%
<a href='/states/tennessee-population'>Tennessee</a>: 85.99%
<a href='/states/virginia-population'>Virginia</a>: 85.95%
<a href='/states/indiana-population'>Indiana</a>: 85.90%
<a href='/states/ohio-population'>Ohio</a>: 85.86%
<a href='/states/north-carolina-population'>North Carolina</a>: 85.56%
<a href='/states/massachusetts-population'>Massachusetts</a>: 85.55%
<a href='/states/rhode-island-population'>Rhode Island</a>: 84.95%
<a href='/states/iowa-population'>Iowa</a>: 83.98%
<a href='/states/new-york-population'>New York</a>: 83.82%
<a href='/states/arkansas-population'>Arkansas</a>: 83.64%
<a href='/states/wisconsin-population'>Wisconsin</a>: 83.49%
<a href='/states/alabama-population'>Alabama</a>: 83.22%
<a href='/states/florida-population'>Florida</a>: 83.21%
<a href='/states/maine-population'>Maine</a>: 82.52%
<a href='/states/south-carolina-population'>South Carolina</a>: 82.49%
<a href='/states/minnesota-population'>Minnesota</a>: 81.28%
<a href='/states/louisiana-population'>Louisiana</a>: 80.06%
<a href='/states/mississippi-population'>Mississippi</a>: 79.71%
<a href='/states/south-dakota-population'>South Dakota</a>: 78.92%

Factors Impacting Graduation Rates for African Americans

The factors impacting graduation rates for African Americans are consistent across all states. Poverty is the leading factor impacting graduation rates among Blacks, at both the high school and college level. It is estimated that approximately 32 percent of Black students live below the poverty line, and 10 percent of Caucasians live below the poverty line.

Additionally, students with parents who are not educated are less likely to achieve a full education. It is estimated that as many as 64 percent of African American students have parents who have not completed high school. Approximately 45 percent of African Americans in high school are living in single-parent households with their mothers, and 35 percent are living in single-parent households with their fathers.

Another factor impacting Black graduation rates is the lack of access to the Internet. This makes it difficult to complete lessons, and homework, and achieve high levels of success in academics. Approximately 90 percent of African Americans have Internet access, and the remaining 10 percent are at risk of not completing their education. Of the 90 percent, 10 percent use only smartphones for Internet access, with affordability frequently listed as the leading reason behind lack of Internet access in the home.

There are approximately 50 million students enrolled in America’s public school system, with almost 8 million of those students being African American. Approximately one in four African American students attend predominantly African American schools, and this could impact their success levels and graduation rates.

Here are the 10 states with the highest educational attainment among black Americans:

  1. Hawaii (95.83%)
  2. Alaska (93.84%)
  3. Wyoming (92.61%)
  4. New Mexico (90.37%)
  5. Idaho (90.32%)
  6. Maryland (90.23%)
  7. Colorado (90.21%)
  8. Washington (89.82%)
  9. California (89.78%)
  10. Texas (89.77%)

Black High School Graduation Rates by State 2022

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Black High School Graduation Rates by State 2022

State Attained High School or Higher High School or Higher Total
Hawaii95.83%16,70217,429
Alaska93.84%14,45215,401
Wyoming92.61%2,9693,206
New Mexico90.37%24,40627,008
Idaho90.32%4,9465,476
Maryland90.23%1,088,4881,206,302
Colorado90.21%134,458149,058
Washington89.82%161,990180,350
California89.78%1,387,0571,544,982
Texas89.77%1,944,1602,165,688
Arizona89.71%176,368196,606
West Virginia89.65%39,22243,749
Nevada89.55%156,531174,806
Montana89.35%2,7263,051
Delaware89.27%121,918136,568
Oklahoma89.09%157,769177,080
Vermont88.86%3,8054,282
New Jersey88.17%699,530793,348
Oregon87.99%44,22350,259
Kansas87.67%90,495103,225
Utah87.53%16,22118,531
Georgia86.67%1,801,9442,079,101
North Dakota86.65%10,38411,984
Nebraska86.62%46,23353,373
Connecticut86.59%213,505246,556
Illinois86.52%1,008,3931,165,513
New Hampshire86.39%10,82112,526
Missouri86.37%379,096438,904
Pennsylvania86.35%779,266902,460
Kentucky86.21%193,008223,886
Michigan86.14%751,986873,014
Tennessee85.99%610,577710,073
Virginia85.95%922,2751,072,984
Indiana85.90%327,130380,821
Ohio85.86%782,773911,714
North Carolina85.56%1,228,0251,435,294
Massachusetts85.55%282,063329,719
Rhode Island84.95%36,61143,097
Iowa83.98%52,50562,522
New York83.82%1,722,4962,054,954
Arkansas83.64%235,207281,226
Wisconsin83.49%177,272212,316
Alabama83.22%691,558831,045
Florida83.21%1,770,8842,128,338
Maine82.52%7,6559,276
South Carolina82.49%718,265870,680
Minnesota81.28%157,429193,678
Louisiana80.06%746,737932,703
Mississippi79.71%554,025695,072
South Dakota78.92%7,3969,371

Black High School Graduation Rates by State 2022