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Montana
94.0%
Wyoming
93.6%
Vermont
93.5%
Minnesota
93.4%
New Hampshire
93.3%
Maine
93.2%
Alaska
93.1%
North Dakota
93.1%
Utah
93.0%
Wisconsin
92.6%
Hawaii
92.5%
Iowa
92.5%
South Dakota
92.2%
Colorado
92.1%
District of Columbia
91.9%
Washington
91.7%
Nebraska
91.6%
Kansas
91.4%
Idaho
91.3%
Michigan
91.3%
Massachusetts
91.1%
Oregon
91.1%
Pennsylvania
91.0%
Connecticut
90.9%
Ohio
90.8%
Delaware
90.6%
Maryland
90.6%
Missouri
90.6%
New Jersey
90.3%
Virginia
90.3%
Illinois
89.7%
Indiana
89.3%
Rhode Island
89.2%
Oklahoma
88.6%
Florida
88.5%
North Carolina
88.5%
South Carolina
88.3%
Tennessee
88.2%
Arizona
87.9%
Georgia
87.9%
West Virginia
87.6%
Arkansas
87.2%
Kentucky
87.2%
New York
87.2%
Alabama
86.9%
Nevada
86.9%
New Mexico
86.5%
Louisiana
85.9%
Mississippi
85.3%
Texas
84.4%
California
83.9%

High School Graduation Rates by Race 2024

High School Graduation Rates by Race 2024

High school graduation rates can be broken down both by state and by race. A few examples are as follows:

  • Montana has an average graduation rate of 94 percent. In Montana, white students graduate at a rate of 94 percent, Asian students graduate at a rate of 90 percent, and African-Americans graduate at a rate of 89 percent.
  • Wyoming has an average graduation rate of 93 percent. In Wyoming, white students graduate at a rate of 93 percent, Asian students graduate at a rate of 95 percent, and African-Americans graduate at a rate of 92 percent.
  • Vermont has an average graduation rate of 94 percent. In Vermont, white students graduate at a rate of 93 percent, Asian students graduate at a rate of 78 percent, and African-Americans graduate at a rate of 88 percent.
  • North Dakota has an average graduation rate of 93 percent. In North Dakota, white students graduate at a rate of 93 percent, Asian students graduate at a rate of 80 percent, and African-Americans graduate at a rate of 86 percent.
  • New Jersey has an average graduation rate of 90 percent. In New Jersey, white students graduate at a rate of 91 percent, Asian students graduate at a rate of 92 percent, and African-Americans graduate at a rate of 88 percent.

How Are High School Graduation Rates Calculated?

High school graduation rates are calculated as the percentage of students who identify as a specific race completing high school with a high school diploma. It does not necessarily include students who never entered high school, such as those who may have dropped out of school and middle school. If a student begins high school but finishes late, that student is typically still included in the percentage. Keep in mind that there are students who do not identify as white, African-American, or Asian. There are also students who may identify as more than one race.

Why Does High School Graduation Rate Matter?

The high school graduation rate is important because it is very difficult for someone who does not have a high school diploma to get a job of any type. Even though it could be even better for someone to get a Bachelor’s degree as well, people who graduate high school have a lot of other options. For example, students who finish high school may decide to go to trade school or community college. If a student does not have a high school diploma, then his or her options are extremely limited. There are very few jobs that provide someone a living wage if he or she has not finished high school.

Why Graduation Rates Vary By Race

There are a lot of reasons why graduation rates may vary by race, but it is obvious that graduation rates of rays also vary with geography. There are numerous historical and cultural reasons that play a role in the reasons why someone of a certain background might not finish high school.

High School Graduation Rates by Race 2024

* These percentages represent those that have achieved education of high school or higher

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State
Graduation Rate (All)
Asian
Black
White
Montana94.0%90.14%87.98%94.55%
Wyoming93.6%87.52%96.23%94.16%
Vermont93.5%80.26%87.25%93.81%
Minnesota93.4%81.56%81.67%95.41%
New Hampshire93.3%88.51%86.02%93.64%
Maine93.2%82.91%84.49%93.52%
Alaska93.1%87.23%93.3%95.55%
North Dakota93.1%83.11%88.7%93.97%
Utah93.0%88.3%87.28%94.79%
Wisconsin92.6%85.02%84.56%94%
Hawaii92.5%89.79%95.7%96.93%
Iowa92.5%80.51%83.11%93.65%
South Dakota92.2%81.47%83.25%94.11%
Colorado92.1%85.81%90.53%93.67%
District of Columbia91.9%95.24%87.76%98.24%
Washington91.7%88.89%90.06%93.91%
Nebraska91.6%76.75%86.18%93.33%
Kansas91.4%84.98%88.64%92.84%
Idaho91.3%88.77%90.37%92.69%
Michigan91.3%89.19%86.87%92.5%
Massachusetts91.1%85.73%86.16%93.34%
Oregon91.1%87.43%88.34%92.61%
Pennsylvania91.0%83.64%87.32%92.41%
Connecticut90.9%90.16%87.11%93.17%
Ohio90.8%86.94%86.4%91.75%
Delaware90.6%89.89%89.94%91.57%
Maryland90.6%89.83%90.58%92.93%
Missouri90.6%89.24%87.44%91.29%
New Jersey90.3%92.8%88.59%92.09%
Virginia90.3%90.28%86.93%92.14%
Illinois89.7%90.8%87.24%92.14%
Indiana89.3%82.45%86.09%90.51%
Rhode Island89.2%88.78%84.87%90.91%
Oklahoma88.6%82.45%90.15%89.82%
Florida88.5%87.16%83.7%90.19%
North Carolina88.5%86.84%86.56%90.55%
South Carolina88.3%89.57%83.38%90.84%
Tennessee88.2%86.44%86.98%88.98%
Arizona87.9%88.17%90.31%90.27%
Georgia87.9%86.62%87.57%89.48%
West Virginia87.6%90.23%89.06%87.62%
Arkansas87.2%85.27%84.88%88.79%
Kentucky87.2%84.43%86.95%87.48%
New York87.2%79.6%84.37%91.71%
Alabama86.9%86.79%83.92%88.52%
Nevada86.9%90.72%89.96%89.78%
New Mexico86.5%89.72%90.68%88.55%
Louisiana85.9%80.12%81.15%88.72%
Mississippi85.3%83.02%80.86%88.39%
Texas84.4%87.94%90.19%85.56%
California83.9%88.04%90.18%87.28%
United States88.5%87.29%86.67%90.72%
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High School Graduation Rates by Race 2024

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