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The benefits of postsecondary education accrue not only to individuals, but also to families, communities, states, and the nation as a whole. Policymakers increasingly recognize that improving educational attainment is a key ingredient in their efforts to enhance quality of life and strengthen economic competitiveness.

Low levels of education among the adult population in a state have been shown to negatively affect the following:

  • Per-capita income and the strength of the state's economy
  • Health of the state's population
  • The well-being of children
  • The rate of violent crime
  • Voting rates
  • Preparation level of the workforce.

This issue site provides a review of recent research findings on the correlation between educational attainment and economic and social well-being. It also provides links to websites that feature state rankings on health, crime rates, voting participation, workforce preparation, per-capita income and tax revenues, and other key indicators.


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